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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 6849473, 7 pages
Research Article

Exposure to Music Alters Cell Viability and Cell Motility of Human Nonauditory Cells in Culture

Institute of Biophysics Carlos Chagas Filho, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 21941-902 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Received 20 January 2016; Accepted 19 June 2016

Academic Editor: Annarita Stringaro

Copyright © 2016 Nathalia R. Lestard and Marcia A. M. Capella. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Although music is part of virtually all cultures in the world, little is known about how it affects us. Since the beginning of this century several studies suggested that the response to music, and to sound in general, is complex and might not be exclusively due to emotion, given that cell types other than auditory hair cells can also directly react to audible sound. The present study was designed to better understand the direct effects of acoustic vibrations, in the form of music, in human cells in culture. Our results suggest that the mechanisms of cell growth arrest and/or cell death induced by acoustic vibrations are similar for auditory and nonauditory cells.