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The Mozart Effect

A podcast by Mostly Mad Music with Esther Pavel-Wood.

Welcome to a fascinating world of mental health, the arts and society. As the founder of a charity which explores the relationship between mental health and music, I have come to realise that the arts impacts almost every aspect of who we are, how we think and what we do. On The Mozart Effect, I cover music, the arts and their intersection with health and well-being, mental illness, creativity, mood, memory, identity, faith, social change and revolution. I will be talking to musicians, artists and writers as well as therapists, activists, social commentators, academics and people with lived experience.

Recent Episodes

Mental illness over the lifespan and romantic relationshipsOctober 18, 2021 Episode artwork BONUS: World Mental Health Day - music and mental health special with “in earnest” band.October 11, 2021 Episode artwork Mental illness is serious, so why does mental health get all the attention? Interview with Tarika Powell, PTSD advocate.October 04, 2021 Episode artwork Interview with author of My Friend Fox, Heidi Everett: medical and social models of disability and the Arts. September 20, 2021 Episode artwork The confessional: narrative therapy, Sylvia Plath and the emergence of “my truth”.September 06, 2021 Episode artwork The News, empathy and vicarious trauma.August 23, 2021 Episode artwork Transcending identity politics: music and mental illness.August 09, 2021 Episode artwork The Romantic Era, the tortured artist and loneliness: Wordsworth, Poe, Coleridge and Baudelaire.July 26, 2021 Episode artwork The science behind binge listening - why can’t I stop listening to that song? Live interactive discussion with peers.July 12, 2021 Episode artwork Mysticism, mind, music and psychiatry: Allen Higginbottom, lived experience of schizophrenia.July 05, 2021 Episode artwork Instagram as the new World Health Organisation: Mary Mangia & Jayne Jaramillo (co-founders Collective View).June 28, 2021 Episode artwork Big Tech, creativity, mental health and music: Maxton Hunter, producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and podcast host.June 21, 2021 Episode artwork Nigeria to Canada - identity, faith, music and mental health: Sonia Orlu, politics and culture commentator.June 14, 2021 Episode artwork Creativity and the art of loneliness: Female writers - Susan Sontag to Virginia Woolf.June 07, 2021 Episode artwork Music, identity and mental health: Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle PhD, University of Queensland.May 31, 2021 Episode artwork Martial arts, music and mental illness: Peter O’Shea, youth coach, lived experience of PTSD May 24, 2021 Episode artwork Nature, mental health and music: Tarika Powell, environmental policy expert, activist, mental health advocate.May 17, 2021 Episode artwork A Tibetan refugee school, music and wellbeing: Dr James Williams PhD, University Derby UKMay 10, 2021 Episode artwork The science of sad music - why do we crave it so much: Dr Sandra Garrido PhD, MARCS Institute, UWSYDMay 03, 2021 Episode artwork Mental health and the songwriting process: mental health advocates and UK indie band “In Earnest”.April 25, 2021 Episode artwork Music as a mood regulator: panic attack and anxiety management.April 19, 2021 Episode artwork Heavy metal music, antisocial behaviour and mental health: Dr Kate Quinn, co-founder of Heavy Metal Therapy.April 11, 2021 Episode artwork Creativity and the reality spectrum.April 04, 2021 Episode artwork TrailerMarch 29, 2021 Episode artwork