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October 2021

The use of music and colour theory as a behaviour modifier [In Process Citation]

Journal/Book: Br J Nurs. 1999; 8: 443-8.

Abstract: For many centuries various aspects of healing have been linked to the use of the arts, in particular music and colour because of their innate ability to bring about a mental, emotional and physical calmness. Although much has been written on the use of colour and music as relaxants specifically within a nursing/medical context, there appears to be little information available as to why music and colour have this calming effect. This article examines music and colour as relaxants by briefly describing the neurological and physical mechanisms that bring about the effect of relaxation. This brief exploration is placed within the context of learning disability care. The aim is to provide ideas for a more peaceful and relaxing environment for an adult with learning disabilities who also has autism and exhibits severe challenging behaviour. The results of a small case study and implications for other areas of nursing are discussed.


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