Undergraduate research shows that music makes you happy – no matter how old you are!

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley

Two of our psychology graduands have brought music into the lives of the residents at two Lincoln senior residences, which has had a positive impact on their mood and well-being. Charlotte Clark and Jessica Roebuck-Slaney, who both worked as caregivers with adults with dementia, examined as their final research project if exposure to music affects the well-being of senior residents.

They organised group sessions in which the participants listened to their favourite music, 3 to 5 times a week over 10 weeks. The results were clear: The participants well-being increased while anxiety and aggressive behaviours significantly decreased over time.

The study, which was supervised by Dr Simon Durrant and Dr Hannah Merdian, contributes to the growing body of research on the positive effects of music exposure – thanks to this project, music sessions have now become a permanent fixture at two Lincoln senior residences.

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