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Adapting Soundscapes: Exploring the neuroplasticity of auditory perception

Please note this event takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access
Past event - 2024
14 May Doors 7pm
Event 7.30pm to 9.30pm
The Oxford Retreat, 1-2 Hythe Bridge Street,
Oxford OX1 2EW
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Our ability to hear is fundamental to our understanding of the world, enabling communication through language and music. At the core of this remarkable ability lies the adaptability of auditory neurons. This event offers a unique opportunity to gain insights into cutting-edge research at the intersection of neuroscience and auditory perception. Join us as we unravel the mysteries of auditory neuroplasticity and its implications for understanding human communication and enhancing hearing-related interventions.

The Adaptable Auditory Brain

Andrew King (Wellcome Principal Research Fellow and Director of the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford)
Our ability to hear provides us with an incredibly rich source of information about the world and, through language and music, plays a hugely important role in human communication. At the heart of this lies the remarkable capacity of auditory neurons to adjust their responses. Rapid adaptation to the statistics of the auditory world allows behaviourally relevant sound features to be perceived across a range of soundscapes, while longer-term plasticity provides the basis for learning language and musical training and offers the potential for recovery of function following hearing loss.

Music: a unique proxy into the neuroscience of memory

Leonardo Bonetti (Associate Professor at the Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University, and Fellow at the Centre for Eudaimonia and Human Flourishing, Linacre College, University of Oxford)
Music has fascinated humanity for millennia, due to its uniqueness among the arts. Recently, its relevance has expanded into the domain of science, electing it as a key proxy to understand the mechanisms of the brain underlying complex cognitive processes. In this talk, I will share findings from my research using mathematically controlled musical sequences in memory tasks, revealing how we learn and recognise patterns in music and auditory sequences. Moreover, I will discuss how aging affects these processes, offering clues to better understand pathological conditions like dementia.
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