Interaction in Music Therapy for Depression (IMTD)

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Funder's project number: 314651

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  • 234 174,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/09/2018

Project end date: 31/08/2021


Depression is a mental disorder that affects over 300 million people globally and is linked to disability and mortality. Our project focuses on client-therapist interaction in the context of psychotherapeutic treatment of depression. We aim to operationalize and quantify musical, spoken, and kinetic interaction in music therapy settings.
We want to investigate I) to what extent is the diagnosis of clients predictable from different client-therapist interaction modalities (music, speech, and movement), II) what is the variability of depressed clients' interaction abilities across the entire course of therapy and how does it relate to their outcome, and III) to what extent is it possible to replicate dyadic interaction findings in different circumstances, such as different levels of ecological validity and cost-effectiveness.
We propose a novel interdisciplinary approach to focus on the multimodality of interaction by combining the domains of audio signal processing and movement science with music therapy. A cornerstone of the investigation will be the development of cutting-edge features for analysis of client-therapist interaction from music, speech, and movement. These features will be extracted from musical improvisations, spoken segments, and co-verbal gesture segments of 34 clients with depression and their therapists during their first session of improvisational integrative music therapy, which will be audio and video recorded. Our project is feasible and has clear academic, industrial, and societal impact, as we assess quantitative techniques for diagnosis of depression level, develop cutting-edge computational tools for analysis of human interaction, and conduct research on efficient detection of the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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