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Understanding musicians wellbeing

Having a clear ‘sense of self’ is important for musicians’ wellbeing

Although music-making is associated with enhanced wellbeing in several contexts – for example, everyday, community, clinical, and educational settings – at the professional level making music is frequently considered a threat to wellbeing. Professional musicians often experience performance-related injuries, musculoskeletal pain during performance, and psychological demands (e.g. performance anxiety, general stress, mental fatigue). In a […]

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Being “nice” is not the same thing as compassion

The science of being ‘nice’: how politeness is different from compassion Kun Zhao, University of Melbourne and Luke Smillie, University of Melbourne The word “nice” has an unusual history in the English language. Originally a term for “foolish”, its meaning over the centuries has morphed from “wanton” to “reserved” to “fastidious”. These days, it has […]

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