Musical creativity support tools for bereavement support

Lee Cheatley (Lead / Corresponding author), Margareta Ackerman, Alison Pease, Wendy Moncur

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Self-expression is central to mental well-being and mental health therapy. Art therapy offers a wide range of expressive mechanisms, allowing individuals to process their emotions when traditional therapies prove unsuccessful. However, a lack of expertise or comfort with artistic expression, along with cost and waiting times, may hinder one's ability to receive needed mental health support. Creative machines can offer novel therapeutic approaches enabling the bereaved to engage in creative expression as and when needed. In this paper, we apply a co-creative songwriting system, ALYSIA, as a new form of therapy for those who had recently suffered the loss of a loved one. We evaluate the utility of this creative system in aiding bereaved individuals through user testing. The utility of collaborative creative systems for adaptation to bereavement is discussed and may have implications for other therapeutic applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number1
Early online date16 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • art therapy
  • bereavement
  • computational creativity
  • Human–computer interaction
  • songwriting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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