Affiliations: [a] Laboratory of the Mechanisms of Reception, Institute of Cell Biophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Institutskaya st., 3, Pushchino, Moscow Region, 142290, Russia. E-mail: [email protected] | [b] Department of Psychophysiology, Lobachevsky State University, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. E-mail: [email protected] | [c] Federal Medical Research Center of Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia. E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: This review presents the current status of a method for prevention and timely correction of human functional disturbances that was first proposed by Russian neurologist Ya.I. Levin in 1998 and further developed by the authors. The approach is named “Music of the Brain” and is based on musical or music-like stimulation organized in strict accordance with the biopotentials of a patient’s brain. Initial studies on the music of the brain approach were analyzed, and its limitations were noted. To enhance the efficiency and usability of the approach, several combinations of music therapy with neurofeedback technique – musical neurofeedback – were developed. Enhanced efficiency of the approach has been shown for correction of functional disturbances during pregnancy and for elimination of stress-induced states in high technology specialists. The use and advantages of musical neurofeedback technology for increasing human cognitive activity, correcting sleep disturbances and treatment of disorders of attention were verified. After further development and testing the approach may be suited for a wide range of therapeutic and rehabilitation procedures in the protection of public health.