Music and the Brain that Wouldn’t Die!

It's billiards on the brain / A. Carom.

It's billiards on the brain / A. Carom.

Now that I have your attention: tonight in the Whittall Pavilion, adjacent to the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library’s Jefferson Building, the Music Division resumes its popular lecture series Music and the Brain . These pre-concert presentations offer lectures, conversations and symposia about the explosion of new research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and music. Podcasts of last season’s lectures are available here.  You can also subscribe to these podcasts on iTunes here. Admission to these lectures is free, but tickets are required for the concerts which follow. The season at a glance:

THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010 at 6:15pm
Music, Memories, and the Brain
Dr. Petr Janata, Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis

THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2010 at 6:15pm
The Icelandic Edda: Myth and the Mind—Wagner, Tolkien, and Beyond
Hjálmar W. Hannesson, Ambassador of Iceland; Alexander Stein, Psychoanalyst; and, Taru Spiegel, European Division, Library of Congress

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 at 6:15pm
Why Do Listeners Enjoy Music that Makes Them Weep?
Prof. David Huron, Head of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory, Ohio State University

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2010 at 6:15pm
The Positive Effects of Music Therapy on Health
Concetta M. Tomaino, Executive Director, Institute for

Music and Neurologic Function

FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010 at 6:15pm
I’m Frozen and I Can’t Play a Thing!: Stage Fright and the Brain
Norman Middleton, Music Division, Library of Congress

FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010 at 6:15pm
Wellness and Growth: Acoustic Medicine and Music Therapy
Dr. Jayne Standley, Director of the Music Therapy Program,
Florida State University and Dr. Vera Brandes, Director, Research Program Music Medicine, Paracelsus Medical Private University, Salzburg

WORKSHOP SESSION:

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010 from 2:00-4:00pm

Managing Stress and Enhancing Wellness with Music Therapy

Mumford Room (Reservations required — please call 202-707-8432)
Anne B. Parker, music therapist
Donald DuRousseau, Human Bionics, Purcellville, Virginia
Co-sponsored by The American Music Therapy Association.

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