Have you ever listened to a song and been moved emotionally? It might have inspired you to get up and dance, feel ecstacy, joy, or even shed tears. During a ketamine infusion, the music that is played has a powerful role in influencing the set and setting. It can actually be a therapeutic tool that can help open up memories and allow for exploration into the deep recesses of the human mind.
One classic study looked at patients receiving ketamine and a particular experience called emergence phenomena. Emergence phenomena is a term used to describe how a patient feels when they emerge from anesthesia. Typically, it is used to describe negative feelings and side effects from the anesthetic itself. Researchers wanted to look at the way emergence phenomena presents itself after ketamine anesthesia when music is present, and whether music has a positive, neutral or negative influence.