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ERIC Number: EJ916795
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9484
Trauma-Related Dissociation as a Factor Affecting Musicians' Memory for Music: Some Possible Solutions
Swart, Inette; van Niekerk, Caroline; Hartman, Woltemade
Australian Journal of Music Education, n2 p117-134 2010
An investigation of the influence of trauma on musicians revealed concentration and memory problems as two of the most common symptoms hampering the performance of affected individuals. In many instances where the causes of these problems were related to trauma sequelae, these could clearly be linked to dissociative symptoms. The following sequence of topics is discussed: the nature of memory function in the musician; optimal performance and focus; trauma and dissociation and the resultant ways in which it interferes with memory. The effects of trauma on the unconscious mind, nature of associations, working memory, as well as similarity of states of optimal concentration and pathological dissociation are discussed to enhance understanding of how trauma sequelae can, theoretically, negatively affect musicians' memory. Observations of teachers as gleaned from an extensive qualitative research survey, including that of students as well as teachers' self-reports, are discussed, and narratives of three musicians participating as case studies explicated and compared to the literature. In the search for effective solutions, promising intervention strategies are identified. These include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming, Eye Movement Integration, hypnosis, body therapies, and the role of movement. Some suggestions for further research are made. (Contains 5 notes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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