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Music and the Brain

Two events on Music and the Brain will be held in Leiden later this month.

Sylvius Masterclass Symposium

On November 29th, Prof. Aniruddh Patel and Dr. Psyche Loui will give scientific talks at the Faculty of Social Sciences, open to all who is interested after registration. 

Cognitive neuroscience studies of musical improvisation as a window into human creativity by Psyche Loui

Dr. Psyche Loui will describe recent cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on the neuroscience of creativity, using jazz improvisation as a model. Using a combination of behavioral testing, EEG, and structural and functional MRI, they show that expertise in musical improvisation is related to perception, imagery, expectation, and affective judgment, not only in musical performance but also in domain-general tasks.

The evolutionary neuroscience of musical beat perception by Aniruddh Patel

In this talk Prof. Aniruddh Patel will discuss beat processing from neuroscientific and cross-species perspectives, and illustrate how research on this topic can illuminate the evolutionary history of music cognition.

Location: FSW, Pieter de la Courtgebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden. Room 1A20
Date&time: 29 November, 3 pm

LIBC Publieksdag 'Daar zit muziek in'

On November 30th, both Prof. Aniruddh Patel and Dr. Psyche Loui as well as Prof. Henkjan Honing, Prof. Sonja Kotz, Dr Anja Volk and Dr. Rebecca Schaefer will give public science talks at the Stadsgehoorzaal in Leiden, as well as musical performances from Calefax, The Dutch Sign Language Choir, and several others.

How is it that music moves, cheers or irritates us? Why do we almost unconsciously start to move to music?
Are people the only species with this tendency? Also, can you experience music with hearing problems?

A mix of national and international researchers will answer these questions and provide insight into how music is processed in our brains.

Location: Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden
Date&time: 30 November, 8h30- 17h30

Please be aware that the day will mostly be in Dutch. More information and tickets.

Music Cognition

Did you know that ACPA offers the course Music Cognition? This course offers an accessible introduction and overview of the multidisciplinary topic of music cognition, which deals with the perceptual and cognitive bases of performing, composing, and listening to music. Covered topics will include perceptual mechanisms underlying pitch and rhythm perception; interactions of musical processing with emotion, language, memory and movement; music acquisition processes and expertise; brain processes related to music and applications of music in health settings. Assignments will include engaging with the scientific literature, constructing a research proposal, and a final exam.

The course starts 4 February 2019 and will be taught by Dr. Rebecca Schaefer.

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