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Published: 2020-11-01

Music, vibrotactile mediation and bodily sensations in anorexia nervosa:: "It's like I can really feel my heart beating"

Lutheries-Acoustique-Musique team (LAM) Jean Le Rond d’Alembert Institute Sorbonne University-CNRS and Center for Research in Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society (CRPMS) University of Paris Diderot France
Lutheries-Acoustique-Musique team (LAM) Jean Le Rond d’Alembert Institute, Sorbonne University-CNRS France
Institute for Research in Musicology (IReMus) Sorbonne University-CNRS France
Center for Research in Psychoanalysis Medicine and Society (CRPMS) University of Paris Diderot, France
Center for Research in Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society (CRPMS) University of Paris Diderot, France
University of Paris Descartes and Research Unit of the Adolescent and Young Adult Department of Psychiatry Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, France
Research Unit of the Adolescent and Young Adult Department of Psychiatry Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, France
music vibrations therapy anorexia body emotions

Abstract

This article presents the theoretical, scientific, and methodological foundations for the design and implementation of an innovative technological and clinical platform that combined sound, music, and vibrotactile mediation used in a therapeutic setting by adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa. In 2019, we carried out a pilot experiment with a group of 8 adolescent patients hospitalized in the Eating Disorders Unit of the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry of the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris. Within this clinical framework, we aimed to create conditions suitable for patients to reinvest in their “disaffected” bodily zones and internal experiences through reflecting on the sensations, emotions, and ideas generated by the sensory experiences created when sound and musical stimuli are transmitted through vibrations. The findings demonstrate the ways in which adolescent patients made use of the platform’s audiovibrotactile mediating objects to express a personal associative process through speech during their exchanges with clinical psychologists.

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How to Cite

Patiño-Lakatos, G., Genevois, H., Navarret, B., Barbosa-Magalhaes, I., Lindenmeyer, C., Corcos, M., & Letranchant, A. (2020). Music, vibrotactile mediation and bodily sensations in anorexia nervosa:: "It’s like I can really feel my heart beating". Human Technology, 16(3), 372–405. https://doi.org/10.17011/ht/urn.202011256769