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Neurodrumming: Towards an Integral Mental Fitness Training for Healthy Aging
by Lynn-Seraphine, Pamela, M.S., California Southern University, 2016, 75; 10195171
Abstract (Summary)

Humans as far back as ancient history have been leveraging the physiological and psychological benefits of drumming to enhance health, access higher states of consciousness, and cultivate shared optimal experiences. It is understandable that the applied practice of drumming is now starting to permeate into mental fitness training research as a healthy alternative toward cross training the brain. Extensive surveys conducted in the United States show that 60% of individuals who are in middle age and older complain about their memory. This translates to approximately 80 million Baby Boomers reaching the age of memory decline. Furthermore, according to the UCLA research, the main factors necessary for a healthy brain lifestyle and to combat memory decline are physical activity, social engagement, mental challenges, and unfamiliar stimuli. Neurodrumming has incorporated these findings into a therapeutic intervention that targets brain health, emotional health, stress management, and social engagement, all of which help to prevent cognitive decline, and promotes mental performance. This study offers a meta-theoretical exploration to determine the comprehensiveness of Neurodrumming as a therapeutic mental fitness intervention for healthy aging, by applying Integral Theory as an epistemological framework.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Du Plessis, Guy
School: California Southern University
Department: Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music therapy, Mental health, Gerontology, Aging, Music education, Health education
Keywords: Contemplative practices, Drumming, Healthy aging, Integral theory, Meditation, Music therapy
Publication Number: 10195171
ISBN: 978-0-355-55813-5
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