Petr Janata - "Music, Memories, and the Brain"

Mon, 03/01/2010 - 5:30pm
CCRMA, Stage: The Knoll
Event Type: 
Guest Lecture

Join us for the final Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts 2010 Music and the Brain Forum talk with Petr Janata, Associate Professor, UC Davis Psychology Department Center for Mind and Brain, presenting "Music, Memories, and the Brain", exploring music-evoked autobiographical memories and associated emotions. This event is part of Art + Invention 2009-2010 campus programming. Visit Art + Invention online at

About the talk: "Music, Memories, and the Brain"

Music-evoked autobiographical memories and associated emotions are poignant examples of how music engages the brain. Janata binds music theory, cognitive psychology, and computational modeling to generate intuitive animations of music moving about in tonal space (the system of major and minor keys). He then shows how the unique tonal movements of individual excerpts of popular music can be used in conjunction with neuroimaging experiments to identify brain networks that support the experiencing of memories and emotions evoked by the music.

About Music and the Brain

Begun in 2006, the SiCa Center for Arts, Science and Technology's Symposium on Music and the Brain has become an internationally renown and respected interdisciplinary meeting of the world's finest scholars, researchers and practitioners exploring the neuroscience of music.

Past symposia have focused on: brainwave entrainment - how the brain responds to rhythmic stimuli (2006), music, rhythm and the brain - the psychophysical and physiological effects of musical rhythm (2007), emotion from a wide range of perspectives - including the role of pitch, rhythm, timbre, prosody and performance on emotional response to music (2008), and spontaneity and improvisation (2009).

In 2010, Music and the Brain will take the form of a forum featuring talks by Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel, Dr. Mark Tramo MD, and Dr. Petr Janata.

Free - limited seating - arrive early
Open to the Public
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