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Exploring Advancements in Music-Based Interventions and Socio-Cultural Change

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In this on-demand webinar Unyte Health hosted AZA Stephen Allsop, MD, PhD, artist, neuroscientist and psychiatrist in this Research Spotlight. Hosted by Rebecca Knowles, OTD, OTR/L, RYT and Director of Research and Education at Unyte Health, this session explored the latest advancements in music-based interventions and socio-cultural change. 

We discussed music-based interventions such as the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), examining how the power of music and sound can be used to heal, and what is happening in the brain and body. We explored how historical concepts such as mindfulness, meditation and healing properties of sound and music converge with modern neuroscience. 

AZA shared recent findings and developing projects, discussing the intersection of Polyvagal Theory with emerging research on social biases, behavior, and social change. Through this perspective, we discussed the brand-new SSP playlist recently launched, titled “Freely.” With a shared vision for making therapeutic music more accessible, Unyte collaborated with AZA to compose this original, non-vocal ambient fusion playlist for the SSP.

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This conversation was guided by questions like: 

  • How are music-based interventions different from simply meditating or even listening to music? 
  • How can we, as practitioners, center the history and cultural power of sound in our approach to healing? 
  • How do you consider culture and ancient practices in your research and development of music-based interventions?
AZA Stephen Allsop

AZA Stephen Allsop


AZA Stephen Allsop, MD, PhD is an artist, neuroscientist, and psychiatrist who conducts research at the intersection of social cognition, music psychology, and psychedelics.  AZA studied Biology, Philosophy, and Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, PhD in Neuroscience from MIT and was an Emerson Scholar at Berklee College of Music. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at Yale and is currently an Assistant Professor in Yale’s Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Collective Healing at Howard University.  He teaches meditation, yoga, and music and co-founded Renaissance Entertainment, Mefreely, and Brain, Bias, and Being, companies that combine arts, science, and community building to drive socio-cultural change.

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