Music and madness: neuropsychiatric aspects of music

Clin Med (Lond). 2009 Feb;9(1):83-6. doi: 10.7861/clinmedicine.9-1-83.


Music has soothed the souls of human beings for centuries and it has helped people recover from ailments since ancient times. Today, there is still a widespread interest in the relationship between music, affect and mental illness. This article is aimed at reviewing these complex relationships, starting from a wide perspective on the neurobiology of emotions, perceptions and music language to a detailed analysis of psychopathology in famous musicians.

MeSH terms

  • Creativity
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders*
  • Music / psychology*
  • Neural Networks, Computer*
  • Psychiatry*
  • Psychopathology