Most people know from experience that music can affect their mood and state of mind – but what really happens inside the brain under the influence of music?
SPOT Festival has teamed up with Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) to present the new fundamental research centre’s work at SPOT+. In four brief presentations an international team of researchers will discuss the remarkable changes that occur in the brain when exposed to music – such changes can be seen with trained musicians, infants, and the average listener. Another point of interest will be how music can be an effective tool as treatment for a series of illnesses.

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at Aarhus University and the Royal Academy of Music, aiming to address the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain. 

th-Peter-Vuust– “Rhythm in the Brain”, by Peter Vuust, jazz musician, professor and leader of MIB
Why do we move to music and what happens to the brain when we hear that rocking beat? In memory of the late George Martin jazz bassist and neuroscientist Peter Vuust will talk about musical syncopation and groove from the Beatles to Suga Free.

th-elvira-brattico– “How learning to play can change our brains”, by Elvira Brattico, professor, PhD
In this talk neuroscientist Elvira Brattico will accompany the audience in an exploration of the amazing changes in the brain that occur after learning to play a new instrument or a new song.

th.Christine-Parsons– “The Musical Baby: Crying, laughing and the love of song”, by Christine Parsons, assistant professor, PhD 
How can you tell a French baby from a German baby? Should we be playing Mozart to babies in the womb? This talk will give a whirlwind tour through the science of our earliest musical experiences and tackle some myths along the way.

th-Bjørn-Petersen– “A New Drug? – Music as Medication”, by Bjørn Petersen, musician, associate professor, PhD
Throughout the past decade, solid biomedical and psychological evidence has emerged, demonstrating the beneficial effects of music for a variety of somatic and psychiatric disorders and improvement of general well-being. This talk provides an overview of existing evidence that may facilitate applications of music and the development of novel technologies that can assist music intervention in the healthcare sector.

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Presented by Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium & SPOT+