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PhD defence: Kira Vibe Jespersen

Kira Vibe Jespersen defends her thesis "Music in Insomnia"

12.12.2017 | Hella Kastbjerg

Dato tir 16 jan
Tid 14:00 16:00
Sted Palle Juul Jensen Auditorium, Building 10G, Aarhus University Hospital, Nørrebrogade 44

Official press release:

A new PhD project from Aarhus University sheds light on insomnia and evaluates if music is an efficient intervention for sleep problems. The project was carried out by Kira Vibe Jespersen, who is defending her dissertation on 16/1 2018.

Insomnia is highly prevalent in modern society posing a substantial burden on both individuals and society. Insomnia is associated with reduced quality of life and a number of physical and psychiatric disorders. As such, efficient interventions to improve sleep quality are highly needed.

Many people report listening to music when they have trouble sleeping, but it is still unclear if it actually improves their sleep. This research project evaluates the effect of music on insomnia by systematically reviewing the existing studies in the field (Study 1). Furthermore, we evaluate the effect of music on sleep quality in traumatized refugees (Study 2) and adults with insomnia disorder (Study 3). In study 4, we assess the neurobiological foundations of insomnia by looking at changes in structural brain connectivity.

The defence is public and takes place on 16/1 2018 at 14.00 in DNC auditorium, Aarhus University Hospital, Nørrebrogade 44, Aarhus. The title of the project is Music for insomnia.

For more information, please contact PhD student Kira Vibe Jespersen, email: kira@clin.au.dk, Phone +45 2384 6150.    


Assessment committee:

Associate professor Arne Møller (chair)
CFIN and The PET Center, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University

Professor, Head of Department. Eckart Altenmüller
Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine, Germany

Professor and Director Bjørn Bjorvatn
Research group for General Practice, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, Norway    

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