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BBC Radio 4: All in the Mind: Professor Catherine Loveday comments on music and sleep

11 December 2018

Professor Catherine Loveday, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind, discussing her new research using music to help people get to sleep.

Talking about her research, Professor Loveday said it analysed how and whether people use music to get to sleep, with 62 per cent saying they have done so at some point. She commented: “It is interesting to see why they chose music. It seems to be particularly useful and helpful for younger people.”

Reflecting on how using music to sleep resembles singing lullabies, she concluded: “Music is very individual, people really must listen to what they like and what helps to relax them, but it’s a very effective emotion regulator. What I found interesting is that in a sense, it’s so natural.”

Listen to the full interview on BBC Sounds from 9:42.


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