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Music has fascinating effects on humans. It touches and connects, it makes people move. How does music affect the brain? How can it help people in social contexts, but also in of brain diseases like dementia?
The Beautiful, Musical Mind
Dr Katie Overy (Senior lecturer in Music, The University of Edinburgh)
Musical behavior is a fascinating aspect of human intelligence and experience. How do simple auditory signals create such powerful emotional responses and memories? How does the brain respond and change in response to music? Can music be used to support language and motor skills? This talk will introduce the audience to the expanding fields of music neuroscience and music psychology, which are beginning to offer new insights into the human, musical mind.
Homeless singers: the mental & social benefits of choirs
Shelley Coyne (PhD student in Music and Sociology)
The world of choirs and singing groups set up for people who are homeless is somewhat hidden. Yet participating in these groups brings positive social and well being outcomes and can lead to a shift in the identity of the singers. This talk will explore the experience of engaging in these groups in the UK and in Rio de Janeiro and look at how performing challenges the misconceptions of the audience and enables singers to become reintroduced into society.