Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Swiss Resonance Monochord Table: Inquiry Into the Healing Complexity and Transformative Power of Sound
by Kearl, Annette M., Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2017, 416; 10275704
Abstract (Summary)

This research investigates the effects of music vibration defined in terms of harmonic sound relationships emitted by way of the Swiss Resonance Monochord Table on health-promoting change in physiological response, anxiety, mood and subjective experience in undergraduate musicians. Physiological measures include electromyography, temperature, skin conductance, heart rate, respiration, and immune system. Anxiety and mood are assessed by the Spielberger State Trait Anxiety Inventory (Spielberger, Gorsuch, Lushene, Vagg, & Jacobs, 1983) and the Profile of Mood States (McNair, Lorr, & Doppleman, 1971). Subjective rating scales measure tension-relaxation and enjoyment.

Themes from participant descriptions are extracted borrowing from procedures developed by Moustakas (1994) and Colaizzi (1978) and placed into categories defined by Murphy (1992) that suggest access to one's extraordinary functioning and transformative capacity. A cross-over design is applied where participants serve as their own control, randomly assigned to both vibrational sound and no sound conditions. A mixed-methods embedded design is also employed. Quantitative data is subject to statistical analyses and qualitative data is subject to content analyses. Findings reflect statistically significant positive physiological change to include electromyography, skin conductance, and respiration rate during vibrational sound conditions in comparison to conditions of silence. Anxiety, mood, and subjective ratings also reflect positive change. Thematic comments favor receiving vibrational sound within the physical, emotional, cognitive, auditory perception, visual imagery, mental-consciousness, somatic experience, aesthetic experience, and individuation of self and higher self domains.

This research addresses a gap in scientific knowledge about the links between physiological and psychological constructs to include states of consciousness as affected by vibrational sound. Findings reflect positive change effects across multiple domains within the perspectives of integral health and wellness addressing a call for a paradigm shift from the Western allopathic approach and model of illness to a health, wellness, and integral model. This research addresses the increasing trend in health care as individuals seek to understand and participate in maintaining their health and well-being. This research will interest professionals and researchers in music therapy, sound healing, psychophysiology, nursing, health care, psychoneuroimmunology, integrative medicine, energy medicine, transpersonal psychology, consciousness studies, and transformative inquiry.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Combs, Allan Leslie
Commitee: Abrams, Brian, Bradshaw, David H.
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Inquiry
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Physiological psychology
Keywords: Integrative health, Music therapy, Sound healing, Vibrational medicine
Publication Number: 10275704
ISBN: 9781369822397
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