Date: Tuesday, October 5
Lecturer: Pablo Ripollés, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Music and Audio Research Laboratory (MARL)
Lecture: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music and the Music of Cognitive Neuroscience
According to Merriam-Webster, music is “the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity”. But for humans, music is so much more: it is part of our lives since we are born and until we die, and it has been developed by every single human culture throughout history. Indeed, music has a profound effect on the human brain: it engages multiple brain regions, including sensory, motor, affective and executive areas related to both cognition and perception. In this Lecture we will focus on music as if it were one more aspect of the Cognitive Neurosciences. We will discuss the brain mechanisms that support music processing: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. However, music is an incredibly flexible and computationally tractable stimulus that is especially well-suited to probe the human mind. In this lecture, Professor Ripollés will also focus on work that uses musical stimuli combined with computational modelling, neuroimaging, neurophysiology, lesion models, and behavior to better understand the brain mechanisms supporting basic aspects of cognition and perception: The Music of Cognitive Neuroscience.