The stress-relief industry is booming. Mindfulness and meditation have become common practices in many large corporations, and research is backing their positive effects on stress management, cognitive functions and general health. Understanding the mechanisms of stress and relaxation as well as their effects on the brain and mind can help in creating a lifestyle that supports wellbeing throughout life. Recent research shows that music may have special power in dissolving stress and creating room for relaxation in our busy lives.
Researchers in the science of music recognize the limitations of controlled experiments within lab settings. One of the most important ones is that studies conducted in the lab are sometimes very far removed from real life and their results might not be generalizable to everyday situations. The rapid development and expanding accessibility of new sensor technology offer intriguing possibilities for out-of-the-lab experimentation in the science of music.