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Vitenskapelig foredrag

Client vs. control imagery in GIM: can music therapy research teach us about everyday music listening?

  • Hallgjerd Aksnes
  • Svein E Fuglestad og
  • Ragnhild Torvanger Solberg


Navn på arrangementet: The Power of Music. The 34th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia and the 2nd International Conference on Music and Emotion
Sted: Perth
Dato fra: 30. november 2011
Dato til: 3. desember 2011


Arrangørnavn: MSA/ICME, University of Western Australia

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Publiseringsår: 2011





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Client vs. control imagery in GIM: can music therapy research teach us about everyday music listening?


The paper is based on a comparative study of transcriptions from 58 GIM (Guided Imagery and Music) sessions – a music-therapeutic method in which clients listen to selected music programs, focusing upon the imagery evoked by the music. We have established a linguistic corpus to facilitate the comparison of the transcriptions, which contain a vast amount of data. In this sub study the imagery reported by clients who have sought GIM to alleviate psychological distress, is compared with the imagery of a control group participating in GIM sessions without therapeutic aims. (Problems pertaining to the demarcation of musical images are to be discussed in the paper.) All of the subjects – 5 clients, 5 controls – listened to the same order of GIM music programs, being offered 6 GIM sessions each; all conducted by the same GIM therapist, following the same procedure. This study is a follow-up on several earlier findings that clinically depressed subjects tend to focus more upon dark, sad, or sinister imagery than healthy subjects. Another aim of the study is to investigate how relevant GIM transcriptions are to the understanding of everyday music listening. In earlier studies we have found that when invited to focus on visual imagery, higher level music and musicology students (who are often taught to refute visual associations as ‘naïve’) have reported elaborate, ‘GIM-like’ visual imagery also within neutral, non-GIM listening contexts. Thus, although the GIM setting is more focused upon imagery than non-therapeutic music listening, we believe that ‘GIM-like’ visual imagery also plays a significant role in many everyday musical experiences.


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Hallgjerd Aksnes

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    ved Musikkvitenskap fag ved Universitetet i Oslo
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Svein Fuglestad

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    ved Institutt for sosialfag ved OsloMet - storbyuniversitetet
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Ragnhild Torvanger Solberg

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    ved Institutt for musikkvitenskap ved Universitetet i Oslo
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