Volume 16(3), 2020-11, 372—405

Music, vibrotactile mediation and bodily sensations in anorexia nervosa:: "It's like I can really feel my heart beating"

Gabriela Patiño-Lakatos
Lutheries-Acoustique-Musique team (LAM) Jean Le Rond d’Alembert Institute
Sorbonne University-CNRS
and
Center for Research in Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society (CRPMS)
University of Paris Diderot
France

Hugues Genevois
Lutheries-Acoustique-Musique team (LAM)
Jean Le Rond d’Alembert Institute,
Sorbonne University-CNRS
France

Benoît Navarret
Institute for Research in Musicology (IReMus)
Sorbonne University-CNRS
France

Irema Barbosa-Magalhaes
Center for Research in Psychoanalysis
Medicine and Society (CRPMS)
University of Paris Diderot
France

Cristina Lindenmeyer
Center for Research in Psychoanalysis, Medicine and Society (CRPMS) University of Paris Diderot
France

Maurice Corcos
University of Paris Descartes
and
Research Unit of the Adolescent and Young Adult Department of Psychiatry
Institut Mutualiste Montsouris
France

Aurélie Letranchant
Research Unit of the Adolescent and Young Adult Department of Psychiatry
Institut Mutualiste Montsouris
France

This article presents the theoretical, scientific, and methodological foundations for the design and implementation of an innovative technological and clinical platform that combined sound, music, and vibrotactile mediation used in a therapeutic setting by adolescents suffering from anorexia nervosa. In 2019, we carried out a pilot experiment with a group of 8 adolescent patients hospitalized in the Eating Disorders Unit of the Department of Adolescent and Young Adult Psychiatry of the Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris. Within this clinical framework, we aimed to create conditions suitable for patients to reinvest in their “disaffected” bodily zones and internal experiences through reflecting on the sensations, emotions, and ideas generated by the sensory experiences created when sound and musical stimuli are transmitted through vibrations. The findings demonstrate the ways in which adolescent patients made use of the platform’s audiovibrotactile mediating objects to express a personal associative process through speech during their exchanges with clinical psychologists.

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