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PhD Defence by Søren Hald: Music Therapy, Acquired Brain Injury and Interpersonal Ccommunication Competencies.


10.11.2012 kl. 13.30 - 16.30


Invitation to PhD Defence by Søren Hald

PhD thesis: ”Music Therapy, Acquired Brain Injury and Interpersonal Ccommunication Competencies. Randomized cross-over study on music therapy in neurological rehabilitation” 

Acquired brain injury (ABI) often affects physical, cognitive and psychological aspects of a person’s functioning. Psychosocial problems associated with ABI may be the major challenge facing the rehabilitation process. Consequently, interventions that counter these challenges are crucial. Clinical practice shows that music is a useful tool to stimulate interaction since musical interaction can be engaged at almost any cognitive and physical level and still be meaningful 

The main purpose of this study has been to examine whether 20 music therapy sessions in neurological rehabilitation have an effect on interpersonal communication competencies in everyday life and musical interactions as compared to standard rehabilitation alone.

The assessment committee:

Professor Cathy McKinney, (chair) Appalachian State University, USA
Associate Professor Esa Ala-Ruona, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Associate Professor Simon Gilbertson, Bergen University, Norge


Professor Tony Wigram
Professor Hanne Mette Ochsner Ridder
Associate professor Felicity Baker

The defence is followed by a reception.

Everybody is welcome!


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