Research related to the practice of music therapy (i.e. techniques, interventions):
Thaut, M.H. (1987). Visual versus auditory (musical) stimulus preferences in autisticchildren: A pilot study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 17, 425-432.
Kim, J., Wigram, T. & Gold, C. (2008). The effects of improvisational music therapy onjoint attention behaviors in autistic children: a randomized controlled study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 38:1758-1766
Lai, G., Pantazatos, S., Schneider, H. & Hirsch, J. (2012). Neural systems for speech and song in autism. Brain, 135(3), 961-975.
Geiser, E., Zaehle, T., Jancke, L. & Meyer, M. (2008). The neural correlate of speech rhythm as evidenced by metrical speech processing. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20(3), 541-552.
Berel, M., Diller, L., & Orgel, M. (1971). Music as a facilitator for visual motor sequencing tasks in children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 13, 335-342.
Hickok, G. et.al. (2003). Auditory-motor interaction revealed by fMRI: Speech, music and working memory in area spt. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, 673-682.
Thaut, M.H., Kenyon, G.P., Schauer, M.L. & McIntosh, G.C. (1999). The connection between rhythmicity and brain function. Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 18, 101-108.
Wimpory, D., Chadwick, P., & Nash, S. (1995). Brief report: Musical interaction therapy for children with autism: An evaluative case study with two-year follow-up. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 25 (3), 231-248.
Research which informs the design and implementation of individualized interventions in music therapy treatment:
Fedorenko, E., Patel, A., Casasanto, D., Winawer, J., & Gibson, E. (2009). Structural integration in language and music: evidence for a shared system. Memory & Cognition, 37(1), 1-9.
Heaton, P., Hermelin, B. & Pring, L. (1999). Can children with autistic spectrum disorders perceive affect in music? An experimental investigation. Psychological Medicine, 29, 1405-1410.
Peretz, I. (2010). Towards a neurobiology of musical emotions. Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, research, applications. Eds. P. Juslin & J. Sloboda. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Quintin, E., Bhatara, A., Poissant, H., Fombonne, E. & Levitin, D. (2011). Emotion perception in music in high-functioning adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(9), 1240-1255.
Mottron, L., Peretz, I., & Menard, E. (2000). Local and global processing of music in high-functioning persons with autism: Beyond central coherence. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 41 (8), 1057-1065.
Petacchi, A., Laird, A.R., Fox, P.T. & Bower, J.M. (2005). Cerebellum and auditory function: An ALE meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging studies. Human Brain Mapping, 25:118-128.
Thaut, M.H. 1988. Measuring musical responsiveness in autistic children: A comparative analysis of improvised musical tone sequences of autistic, normal, and mentally retarded individuals. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 18, 561-571.
Peterson, D.A. & Thaut, M.H. (2007). Music increases frontal EEG coherence during verbal learning. Neuroscience Letters, 412, 217-221.
Sarnthein, J., von Stein, A., Rappelsberger, P., Petsche, H., Rauscher, F.H., & Shaw, G.L. (1997). Persistent patterns of brain activity: An EEG coherence study of the positive effect of music on spatial-temporal reasoning. Neurology Research, 19, 107-116.