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'Enhancing wellbeing: An emerging model of the adaptive functions of music listening'

Jenny M. Groarke
Michael J. Hogan

School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway

Jenny Groarke, School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, University Road, Galway, Republic of Ireland. 

Abstract:

"Affect regulation is generally considered the most important function of music listening (FML). Yet, models of wellbeing also highlight engagement, relationships, meaning, achievement, and other adaptive functions that music may facilitate. However, there is currently no consensus as to how these adaptive FML co-function within an enhancement system that supports wellbeing. The current study used the collective intelligence methodology, Interactive Management (IM) to address this gap in the literature. Four IM sessions were conducted, two with younger adults (N = 24) and two with older adults (N = 19). Participants responded to the stimulus question “why do you listen to music?” Each participant then voted for five FML they believed were most significant for enhancing wellbeing. The eight highest ranked functions were entered into Interpretive Structural Modelling software, and relations between pairs of FML were discussed. Four structural models were generated demonstrating potential interdependencies in FML in the context of wellbeing enhancement. Age differences emerged in the FML considered adaptive: younger adults emphasized affect regulation and social connection, whereas older adults emphasized more eudaimonic functions of music (e.g., Transcendence and personal growth). The influence of FML are discussed in reference to key wellbeing and developmental theories."

#ageing #functionsofmusiclistening #mixedmethods #positivepsychology #wellbeing
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Kommer du ihåg när människorna som nu hetsar mot Grekland (statsskuld: 345 miljarder €) hetsade prick 11,4 gånger hårdare mot Europas banker 2008 (bailouts: 4 000 miljarder €)? Inte jag...
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~'Musik i sommarkväll' i Norra Ny kyrka~

#ÖvreÄlvdal #KdStiftsInfo #svenskakyrkan #Värmland

"Jazziga toner"

Konsert med Johan Gund, piano, dragspel, gitarr, och Magnus Dölerud, saxofon, flöjt, klarinett, i Norra Ny kyrka tisdagen den 7 juli 2015 kl. 19:00.
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Museum of Greek Musical Instruments: A Worthy Stop for Music Lovers:

"If you’re looking for a different type of museum in Athens and enjoy music, look no further than the Museum of Greek Musical Instruments in Plaka. The museum and study center opened in 1991 and is devoted to the history of popular Greek music and folk instruments. It features more than 1200 instruments that were donated by Musicologist Roivos Anogianakis from his impressive private collection to the Greek State in 1978. It’s a Public Entity supervised by the Ministry of Culture and housed in an old mansion that was built in 1840.

Visitors can see and hear the influences on Greek music and how Greeks transformed Middle Eastern and European influences into something of their own. The museum traces the development of different styles of island music. Instruments dating from the 18th century including flutes, clarinets, bagpipes, drums, fiddles, violins, mandolins, bells, and water whistles are displayed on the 3 floors of the building. Recordings and headphones are available at every exhibit to hear the sounds that the instruments make. The displays also include costumes of the great masters of Greek music.

The basement level consists of a selection of church and livestock bells, water whistles, wooden clappers, and flutes. The ground floor displays wind instruments like the tsampouna, bagpipes made from goatskin. The first floor is a selection of string instruments such as the bouzouki, the santouri and the Cretan Iyra.

According to the Museum of Greek Musical Instruments website ( http://www.instruments-museum.gr/ ), the objectives of the Museum and Research Center, as mentioned in the founding law are:

1. The collection, conservation and exhibition of folk musical instruments and generally any material useful for research, study and promotion of Greek folk music tradition.

2. The promotion of research and study on ethnomusicology, and as documentation and dissemination of traditional music.

3. The rescue, study, promotion and dissemination of Greek folk and Byzantine music tradition, both in Greek and in the international arena by any appropriate means.

4. Creating special ethnomusicological library and audiovisual library.

The museum offers school tours and educational programs, seminars, lectures, and lessons. Programs are tailored to the age and interests of students. Occasionally, there are courtyard concert performances for visitors to enjoy in the summer. Admission to the museum is free."
The Museum of Greek Musical Instruments is devoted to the history of popular Greek music and folk instruments.
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Skrota alkoholmonopolet helt och hållet: "Om man oroar sig för tillgången till ett brett utbud på landsbygden finns ju möjligheten att omreglera alkoholhandeln på samma sätt som man gjort med apoteken – och behålla Systembolaget som en aktör på marknaden som alla andra, men med ett särskilt uppdrag att garantera ett brett utbud på just landsbygden."
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Helg- och kvällsöppet på Systembolaget! Det föreslår den folkpartistiske före detta riksdagsledamoten Carl B Hamilton i en debattartikel i Dagens Nyheter.
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Semitic languages expert Anbessa Teferra appointed associate professor at Tel Aviv University:

'Teferra’s a soft-spoken, modest academic in his early fifties, quick to laugh and with a talent for languages. He immigrated to Israel in 1990 after completing his master’s degree in linguistics in Addis Ababa and has taught Ethiopian languages in various capacities in Israel since 1993. He earned the rank of senior lecturer, the equivalent of associate professor in the US, in June. 

Teferra teaches Ethiopian languages — Amharic, Ge’ez and Sidama, specifically — at Tel Aviv University. Most Ethiopian Israelis speak Amharic, a very distant cousin on the Semitic language family tree. Although Amharic’s structure is completely different, and the writing system antique and unique, there are some cognates, he explained: the words for blood — dam — and for eye — ayin — are identical in both Hebrew and Amharic.

The name Anbessa, Teferra explained, means lion in Amharic — the same as Assad in Arabic and Aryeh in Hebrew or Leo in Spanish.

“Swahili speakers call me Simba,” he said with a chuckle. When he’s not teaching at TAU, Teferra works to keep Ethiopian language and culture alive among the community. Like Yiddish, Ladino and so many other languages spoken by first generation immigrants to Israel, the mother tongue has been supplanted by Hebrew among young Ethiopian-Israelis.

Teferra works as a supervisor for Amharic with the Israeli education system, helping develop the curriculum for the 40 high schools nationwide that teach Amharic. The education system offers an Amharic matriculation exam in the language, which he said helps many Ethiopian immigrants get high school diplomas who may have otherwise struggled with Hebrew-language examinations.

Teferra is the editor of the only newspaper in Israel catering to the Ethiopian population. Yedioth Negat, a bi-monthly paper with perhaps 20,000 readers, features articles in Amharic and Hebrew touching on subjects relevant to the community. He has also translated and edited an Amharic-Hebrew pictorial dictionary.'

http://www.tau.ac.il/humanities/semitic/teferra.html
Following race protests, Semitic languages expert Anbessa Teferra says his appointment as associate professor is a ‘first step’ toward integration in academia
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"We generally consider mood regulation to be the most important function of music listening (FML), but humans also listen to music for its cognitive benefits, such as increased focus and attention, and to ease social interactions. More recently, research has started to focus on how music promotes wellbeing, which we can think of as simply emotional balance, or more broadly in terms of our relationships, purpose, and life engagement. It seems that these broader, so-called “eudaimonic” qualities become more important as we age1,2, but we know very little about how music interacts with these aspects of wellbeing. We have seen, however, that music brings about not only pleasure but also absorption and transcendence in listeners2-4, so it is worth considering how music enhances these aspects of our lives." 
A study on the psychological benefits of listening to music
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~'Musik i sommarkväll' med "Torleif med vänner" i Dalby kyrka~

#ÖvreÄlvdal #KdStiftsInfo #svenskakyrkan #Värmland

"Toner och ord av himmel och jord - värmländska artister I samklang"

Konsert i Dalby kyrka med Torleif Styffe​ och hans vänner 
Tina Wåhlén, Christina Lundqvist, Monica Gustafsson, Håkan Hjerdt, Leif Nygren, samt Anders och Christer Halvarsson.

http://www.visittorsby.se/sv/evenemang/torleif-med-vanner-dalby-kyrka-24654]

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ROBODRINK: THE AUTOMATIC BARTENDER FROM TECHNION:

Technion students have developed ROBODRINK – a bartender that serves a variety of cocktails at the press of a button

"Three students from the Technion Faculty of Computer Sciences have developed ROBODRINK, a robot for mixing alcoholic beverages. The robot was designed by Michal Friedman, Yoav Mizrahi and Zorik Gechman as part of an Arduino systems programming course, under the guidance of Prof. Yossi Gil, tutorial teachers Boris van Sosin and Marina Minkin, and Dr. Nir Levy, academic relations director at Microsoft.

R-L: Michal Friedman, Yoav Mizrahi and Zorik Gechman
R-L: Michal Friedman, Yoav Mizrahi and Zorik Gechman
This is essentially an automatic bartender, explains Michal Friedman. “It can mix drinks from a built-in list and prepare cocktails based on personal preferences. We built a machine that has brackets for holding eight bottles. We programmed it to mix drinks using combinations from three bottles of juice and five alcoholic beverages. Users choose a cocktail from the menu in the application we developed. When a glass is put on the platform at the edge of the track, the robot prepares the drink within seconds, based on a precise recipe.”

“We built everything from scratch,” says Zorik Gechman. “This is a project that combines both hardware and software. We assembled the electronic components and built the electrical circuits. We wrote the software for an Arduino processor and developed and app that communicates with the robot via Bluetooth, based on recipes located on the cloud.”

“We very intensively worked on this project for three months,” adds Yoav Mizrahi. “We are software people, but in order to complete our project we taught ourselves how to build the robot. We read a lot on the Internet and overcame a great many challenges.”

During the process of building the robot the students consulted with experienced bartenders who advised them regarding the most common cocktails. “The bartenders we consulted were very enthusiastic and loved the robot idea,” says Michal. “They said they’d be very happy to install one in their bars.”

The Arduino systems programming course his held in conjunction with Microsoft R&D, and provides students with the opportunity to use innovative technologies and software during their studies, including smartphones and tablets for running their applications during the development stage. The course, which was designed to challenge the students in the independent construction of products, included the planning of smart systems that combine hardware and software on the Arduino platform."
Technion students have developed ROBODRINK – a bartender that serves a variety of cocktails at the press of a button. Three students from the Technion Faculty of Computer Sciences have developed ROBODRINK, a robot for mixing alcoholic beverages. The robot was designed by Michal Friedman, ...
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Panoramafriheten är hotad, vilket i praktiken innebär att dina privata semesterbilder inte får läggas ut i sociala medier. Det innebär även att Wikipedia inte får publicera bilder på offentliga platser. Läs mer här: http://www.svt.se/opinion/article3066972.svt

På onsdag kommer Nico Trinkhaus att överräcka en namninsamling i protest mot förslaget att inskränka panoramafriheten: https://www.change.org/p/european-parliament-save-the-freedom-of-photography-savefop-europarl-en/u/11276795 190000 namn har inkommit, och Nico skriver att du kan även påverka genom att maila dina EU-parlamentariker och säga att du inte vill se att den här förändringen genomförs.

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