Dyadic nonverbal synchrony during pre and post music therapy interventions and its relationship to self-reported therapy readiness

Yap, Sun Sun, Ramseyer, Fabian T., Fachner, Jörg C., Maidhof, Clemens, Tschacher, Wolfgang and Tucek, Gerhard (2022) Dyadic nonverbal synchrony during pre and post music therapy interventions and its relationship to self-reported therapy readiness. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 16. ISSN 1662-5161

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.912729

Abstract

Nonverbal interpersonal synchronization has been established as an important factor in therapeutic relationships, and the differentiation of who leads the interaction appears to provide further important information. We investigated nonverbal synchrony – quantified as the coordination of body movement between patient and therapist. This was observed in music therapy dyads, while engaged in verbal interaction before and after a music intervention in the session. We further examined associations with patients’ self-reported therapy readiness at the beginning of the session. Eleven neurological in-patients participated in this study. Our results showed an increase in both nonverbal synchrony and patient leading after the music intervention. A significant negative correlation was found between self-reported therapy readiness and nonverbal synchrony after the music intervention. These findings point to the empathic ability of the music therapist to sense patients’ therapy readiness. Higher patient leading in nonverbal synchrony after the music intervention may thus indicate that the music intervention may have allowed dyadic entrainment to take place, potentially increasing self-regulation and thus empowering patients.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: neurological rehabilitation, therapy readiness, therapeutic relationship, motion energy analysis, nonverbal synchrony, music therapy
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2022 11:08
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2022 11:08
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707903

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