Tidigare föreläsningar

Januari 12:e 2024 Dance as a performative process and a narrative in life fractures: A Social psychological perpective med Hanna Pohjola, University of Eastern Finland och workshop med Balletakademien efter föreläsningen

This presentation is focused on dance as a performative entity, an embodied narrative and an artistic experience in different life fractures such as depression, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke and MS.  The presentation illuminates how dancing may enhance identity negoation, sense of belonging, agency, self-efficacy, and to assist in ”re-inhabiting” differently abled body as well as increase social capital.

Workshop med Hanna Pohjola och Åsa N. Åström i Dans för Hälsa, dansande och uppträdande med Parkinsons

Läs mer om Hanna Pohjolas forskning vid University of Eastern Finland


December 4:e 2023 Dance in Cancer Care med Emily Jenkins, Churchill Fellow and Director-Founder of Move Dance Feel which is an award winning company for women living with and beyond cancer

This talk focuses specifically on the role of Dance in Cancer Care, and reveals how dance helps to alleviate the wide ranging physical, mental, emotional and social health challenges associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment. The talk is delivered by Emily Jenkins, a Churchill Fellow and Director-Founder of Move Dance Feel which is an award winning company for women living with and beyond cancer.

The talk will refer to the evidence base surrounding Move Dance Feel’s work, and to the larger body of research that highlights the value of dance, a holistic form of physical activity, for those affected by cancer. Insights will be shared as to the Move Dance Feel methodology, and the work of the international Dance in Cancer Care Network that Emily coordinates.

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Mer information om dans och cancer

Artikel: You move as you feel and you feel as you move’ the practice and outcomes of a creative dance project for women living with or beyond cancer’

Artikel: Dancing for Joy




Oktober 16:e 2023 Building the Scientific Evidence for Social Dance as Medicine med Madeleine E. Hackney, Associate Professor of Medicine Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, USA

Through history and across cultures, dance has played a role in healing and preventing illness. The 21st century has critical neurological problems to solve, e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease (PD), among others. Dance provides access to unique learning strategies that promote neuroplasticity to improve, perhaps even heal, these conditions. Dance’s therapeutic potential has been the subject of numerous clinical studies over the last decade with observed benefits in physical, cognitive, and emotional domains—particularly for neurodegenerative conditions. Sensory elements, e.g., touch, sound, and sight, contribute to this enjoyment and enhance the potential to acquire new, flexible ways of moving in an environment. Among dances, partnered or social dance, which involves a leader and follower, stands out as it is a cognitively demanding, mentally stimulating movement conversation, using a physical connection via the arms that enables a sophisticated, yet accessible tactile communication system that conveys motor intentions and goals between dancers

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Oktober 10:e 2023 Combined dance and yoga for young girls with functional abdominal pain disorders; effects and experiences med Sofie Högström från  Region Örebro och Anna Duberg från Örebro Universitet

Just In TIME” is a randomized controlled trial, evaluating a combined dance and yoga intervention for young girls with functional abdominal pain disorders. Results from the study show that the intervention has potential to reduce abdominal pain and was experienced as “A source of empowerment and well-being” from the girls’ perspective

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September 22 2023 Dance on Cortex: Expertise and Rehabilitation med Hanna Poikonen från  ETH Zurich

In this talk, I will cover my EEG research made with professional dancer and musicians in laboratory and theater contexts through event-related potential and phase synchrony analyses. In addition, I will present our ongoing InMotion study on dance for schizophrenia, which is made in collaboration with the Örebro University, and our Erasmus+ EU project in which our partners from Italy, Spain and Romania apply dance for fragile groups like dementia, autism and mental illnesses.

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Maj 5:e 2023 Lifetime musical experience and healthy ageing med Judith Okely från Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Identifying modifiable lifestyle factors that promote independence and wellbeing in later life is a priority. People who play a musical instrument tend to perform better on tests of cognitive ability, while findings from neuroimaging studies have documented brain differences between musicians and non-musicians. In addition, research points to the psychological benefits of music making and appreciation. These findings mostly come from studies with adults and children; less is known about the potential advantage of musical experience for older adults. In a recent ESRC-funded project, together with my colleagues Prof Deary and Dr Overy, I set out to examine whether aspects of lifetime musical experience are associated with better cognitive, brain or psychological health in older age. We addressed these questions using data from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936, a longitudinal study of healthy cognitive ageing. Every three years, since the age of 70, participants have completed a detailed battery of thinking and memory tests, have had multiple brain MRI scans and provided extensive health, demographic, psychological and lifestyle data. Importantly, a measure of cognitive ability in childhood is also available for these participants. This valuable dataset allowed us to examine the relationship between musical experience and healthy ageing from a lifespan perspective. I will present results from several studies emerging from this project.

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April 28:e 2023 Heavy Mental: Music about Mind and Brain and Mental Disorders med Joseph LeDoux, Director, The Emotional Brain Institute, NYU; Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, NYU; Professor of Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine.

och en spelning efter föreläsningen med musikern Colin Dempsey


“Many scientists play music. I’m one. I’m the rhythm guitar player, song writer, and singer in The Amygdaloids. We play original music about mind and brain and mental disorders. And, in fact, we invented a genre called Heavy Mental. The songs are inspired by research that I do, as well as general ideas in the brain and cognitive sciences, and the philosophy of mind. For me, playing music is not a distraction to other life obligations. It helps me be better at everything else I do.”

This is how Joseph Ledoux, describes himself. But we can’t help revealing some of the “everything else”. Indeed Joseph is, among other things, Professor of Neural Science, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University, and, Director of the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU. He is Member of some of the most prestigious scientific societies among which the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Fyssen prize in Cognitive Sciences. He also writes both for the specialized and the general public having authored highly popular numbers such as “Synaptic self”, “The Emotional Brain” and more recently “The Deep History of Ourselves” or the upcoming “The Realms of Existence”. Joseph Ledoux will talk to us of all the above and more …and he will play music of course.

Artiklar om Joseph Le doux

Band of Scientists who really are a band -New York Times

Joseph LeDoux’s Heavy Mental – Salon Magazine

Interview with Joseph Le Doux – Current Bio

April 13:e 2023 Solo and duet: How the brain plays music med Daniela Sammler, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Over the past 30 years, research on the neurocognition of music has gained a lot of insights into how the brain perceives music. Yet, our knowledge about the neural mechanisms of music production remains sparse. How does a musical “idea” turn into action? And how do musicians coordinate sounds and actions when they perform in groups? The present line of research isolated distinct levels of action planning in solo pianists and identified dynamically balanced mechanisms of interaction in duetting pianists using 3T fMRI and EEG. Altogether, it will become clear that solo and joint music performance relies on general principles of human cognition also found in language and everyday actions, tuned to achieve the musical perfection required on stage.

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Mars 30:e 2023 A Genomic Journey to Individual Differences in Rhythm. Understanding Genetic and Neural Architecture and Implications for Human Language Development med Reyna Gordon, Vanderbilt University Medical Cent

Recent methodological advances and creative uses of large-scale population data have enabled our understanding of the ways in which common genetic variation contributes to individual differ- ences in musicality traits. I will present recent results demon- strating the genetic architecture of musical beat synchronization and how variation in these genes may connect to the neural substrates of human rhythm. I will also discuss new research at the intersection of music cognition, language science, communication disorders, and population genetics that points to shared biology of language and musicality traits, using a unique array of methods from many different disciplines.



Februari 21:e 2023 The role of the arts in improving health med Karen Mak, University College London

This presentation will be showing the most recent evidence from population-based surveys on the health impacts of the arts, with a focus on the potential long-term benefits of arts engagement, who benefits most from the arts, whether the benefits can be seen across different countries, and how public health schemes such as social prescribing can connect people with poor health to the arts. The presentation will end with an overview on inequalities in participation in arts and cultural activities by identifying social, behavioural and geographical barriers that may prevent people from benefiting from these activities.

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Februari  1:e 2023 Music interventions in health care med Kira Vibe Jespersen

Kira Vibe Jespersen, PhD, is MSc in psychology with an additional BA in Music Therapy. She holds a PhD in health sciences from Aarhus University, where she is now Assistant Professor at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Center of Excellence for Music in the Brain. Her research focus on clinical applications of music with a particular interest in the effect of music on sleep and the potential use of music for insomnia. As part of her research, she evaluates both the effect of music interventions and works at unravelling the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying these effects.

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November 14:e 2022 Timing is everything: The role of synchrony during musical engagement med Lauren Fink

Music unfolds over time, enabling performers and listeners to form expectations about when certain events will happen, or to move their bodies with the music. But how do we form such time-based expectations? And what is the role of timing in shaping our perception, attention, and subjective experiences during musical engagement? In this talk, I discuss my research over the past 5 years, which attempts to answer these questions from different angles, and in a variety of musical contexts. From computational models to predict listener attention, to group music-making experiments that alter the ability of people to move in time together, I will provide an overview of the importance of synchronization in shaping attention and subjective experience during musical engagement.

Om Lauren Fink
Lauren Fink is a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In January 2023, she will move to McMaster University (Canada) for a professorship in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. Lauren holds degrees in Percussion Performance (BM; University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music), Music Studies (MPhil; University of Cambridge), and Neuroscience (PhD; University of California, Davis).


Oktober 25 2022 Groove on the brain: predictive brain processes underlying musical rhythm and interaction med Peter Vuust

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Musical rhythm has a remarkable capacity to move our minds and bodies. When we listen to “Blame it on the Boogie” by The Jacksons, it is difficult to refrain from tapping a foot or bobbing the head to the beat. Here, I will describe how the theory of predictive processing can be used as a framework for understanding how rhythm is processed and why we move to certain kinds of music more than to others. Importantly, music is fundamentally a social phenomenon, in that we listen to, synchronize to, and make music together. This music interaction is typically based on agreeing on predictive structures such as meter or tonality. I will end the presentation by presenting a new line of studies showing how predictive coding can be applied to understand the dynamics involved in interpersonal synchronization using a minimal tapping paradigm, where two individuals are placed in separate rooms with headphones and EEG equipment and asked to tap together in different conditions.

Om Peter Vuust
Professor Peter Vuust, Ph.D. is a unique combination of a top-level jazz musician and a world class scientist. He leads the Danish National Research Foundation’s center for ”Music In the Brain” and holds joint appointments as full professor at the Danish Royal Academy of Music and Dept of Clinical Medicine Aarhus University.
He has published more than 150 scientific papers in high ranking international journals, most recently the review ”Music in the brain” in Nature Reviews Neuroscience (March, 2022). He uses state-of-the-art brain scanning techniques such as fMRI, PET, EEG, MEG and behavioral measures and is a world leading expert in the field of music and the brain – a research field he has single-handedly built up in Denmark as leader of the center for Music In the Brain (MIB) currently employing more than 30 researchers. Among many other grants, he has received DKK 98 million (~ US $ 15 billion) as PI, from the Danish National Research Foundation.
In addition, Prof Vuust is a renowned jazz bassist and composer; leading the Peter Vuust Quartet with Alex Riel, Lars Jansson and Ove Ingemarsson of which seven records have been released so far. He has also played on more than 100 recordings and been sideman with international jazz stars such as Lars Jansson, Tim Hagans, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman and many more. He is the recipient of the 2009 Jazz Society of Aarhus’ ”Gaffel”-prize. His album “September Song” was widely acclaimed by reviewers and received a nomination for a Danish Music Award in 2014. As professor at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, he has taught electric and acoustic bass as well as music theory, ear training and ensemble playing. He has given many keynote talks and masterclasses at international conferences and institutions on a wide range of topics ranging from the neuroscience of music to improvisation and composition. He has written three monograph’s ”Polyrhythm and –meter in modern jazz; a study of Miles Davis’ Quintet from the 1960s”, ”Music on the Brain”, and most recently a book on musical leadership.

Oktober 19 2022 Procreation in Art and Science KI Kulturdag

The KI Culture Day is the annual celebration of the fertile link between medical science and culture. It is a unique combination offering popular science and cultural entertainment, including talents studying/working at KI, science at KI, as well as invited guests. The venue is the Medical Students’ Union (MF). The program includes:

  • Love, art, science with  Stefan Arver
  • Beyong oneness; women and  their microflora and bookrelease with Ina Schuppe Koistinen
  • Sperm and Egg. My art, My Science with Ulrik Kvist
  • Stage talk on the Culture, Knowledge and Skills at the University with Emma Stenström, State Cultural Council, President Ole Petter Ottersen,KI, student from MF, student from School of Economics
  • Prize award ceremony
  • KIs Cultural Award with Rektor OP Ottersen

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Oktober 6 2022 ”Can Flow Proneness Be Protective Against Mental and Cardiovascular Health Problems” med Miriam Mosing

Flow is the phenomenon of being “in the zone”, marked by an intense, effortless, and joyful concentration on a task. It has been suggested that flow proneness is associated with good mental and cardiovascular health. However, the design of past studies does not allow for conclusions to be drawn about a potential causal protective effect of flow proneness on health. The present talk will explore the nature of the relationship between flow proneness and health outcomes, primarily focusing on two recent studies utilizing data from the Swedish Twin register and the Swedish National Patient Registries, and provide preliminary support for a protective role of flow experiences on depression and anxiety.

Dr. Miriam Mosing is leading the Behavior Genetics unit at the Cognitive Neuropsychology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Mosing also is an Associate Professor and Docent at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Neuroscience Department at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and is a Develop Research Momentum (DRM) Fellow at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Mosing’s research focuses on how genes and environment play together to produce individual differences in quality of life throughout lifespan as well as in expertise acquisition. Why do some people fare better than others throughout life in terms of cognitive, mental and somatic health? Why are some people more successful and become experts in a given field? Understanding how genetic predispositions interplay with environmental factors (including social isolation, stress, different leisure and cultural activities) will reveal the nature of phenotypic associations observed in daily life, which will not only allow us to identify truly causal and modifiable risk/protective factors (relevant environments), but will ultimately also help us to identify those who are at greatest risk or may benefit most from interventions.

Dr. Mosing is a behavioural geneticist who completed her (under)graduate training in Neuroscience at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She then conducted her PhD research on the genetics of complex behaviour, with a particular focus on Quality of Life and health in the second half of life at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and the University of Queensland, Australia.


September 15 2022 ”Dance expertise as a subject for experimental psychology” med Julia F Christensen 

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This September 15th Julia F Christensen from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt will hold a lecture in the Brain and Culture series entitled ”Dance expertise as a subject for experimental psychology”, so please save the date! Julia is a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany, and author of Tanzen Ist Die Beste Medizin (2018), or ‘Dance is the Best Medicine’, forthcoming in English in 2022.


September 1 2022: ”A neurophysiological approach to intense aesthetic experiences” med Eugen Wassiliwizky

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Making the audiences feel moved is among the key goals of the arts. We highly appreciate artworks that have this capacity. Recent insights into the nature of intense aesthetic experiences suggest a mixed affective nature of these states. That is, when deeply moved, we often experience a mixture of pleasure and some form of negative affect like sadness, fear, empathic concern, or pity. Almost paradoxically, the negative components seem rather to fuel — rather than jeopardize — the overall pleasantness of our experience. One particular challenge for us scientists is to approach these highly complex states empirically and in an experimental setup, in order to understand their neural underpinnings, their elicitation mechanisms, and their evolutionary origin. Here, I will present a method that was designed to give us access to these complex, intense, and yet highly memorable and pleasurable affective states.


Maj 5 2022: ”Hidden forces in education: genes, environment, personality, anxiety and creativity” med Yulia Kovas

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There are several psychological characteristics that represent significant but often hidden forces in education. In this lecture Yulia Kovas describes four of these forces and examines how genetic and environmental factors contribute to these traits and to learning and education more broadly. The new insights into these forces come from recent twin studies, molecular genetic studies, neuro visualisation studies, cross-cultural and longitudinal research. The first force is spatial ability, which has been linked to academic success, especially in STEM fields. Recent research suggests that students whose spatial talent is undiscovered are more likely to disengage and develop emotional problems. Research also suggests that spatial abilities can be developed through targeted interventions. The second important force in education is creativity. Although its importance is widely recognised, this phenomenon is poorly understood. Recent studies explored different aspects of creativity, sources of individual differences in creativity, and how creativity is linked to academic success. The third major force in education is personality. Personality research is expanding, investigating multiple personality dimensions, and using new methods such as network analyses and eye-tracking. These approaches are providing new insights into processes through which personality influences educational outcomes. And the fourth important and often unrecognised area in educational context is anxiety, including test anxiety, social anxiety and subject-specific anxiety such as mathematical anxiety. Studies suggest that different anxieties have largely independent origins and may require different educational interventions. Research has also shown that moderate anxiety, combined with high motivation, may actually enhance academic outcomes. Yulia evaluates how these, and other scientific findings can contribute to personalising education.


Maj 5 2022: ””The Brain’s Crescendo – how music education impacts child development ” med Assal Habibi

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Learning to play music is a complex task. It engages many different brain regions because it requires the concurrent recruitment of distinct sensory systems, including the auditory, somatosensory, and visual, as well as the interplay of these sensory systems with the motor, executive and affective systems.Assal Habibi will in this lecture provide an overview on how incorporating music education as part of the school curricula, can affect the brain development as well as academic achievement and social well-being of children and adolescents. Assal will specifically share findings from a multi-year longitudinal study, using behavioral, neuroimaging, and electrophysiological measures. In this study the effects of a group-based music training program on the development of children from under-resourced communities in Los Angeles, was investigated. The study demonstrates that participation in music education programs was associated with enhancement in brain development, as well as the development of emotion regulation and socio-emotional skills. The benefits of incorporating art-education programs in childhood education, specifically from the perspective of health and wellbeing, will be highlighted and are particularly relevant to mental health challenges facing children and adolescents during the COVID 19 pandemic.


Februari 4 2022: “Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era” med Yulia Kovas

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In this seminar we will take a journey into the Genomic Era, taking Sophocles as a guide.   We will explore the rapid genetic advances and ever expanding insights into the human genome.  We will explore what these insights mean for the ancient themes of Sophocles’ tragedies: free will, fate, and chance; prediction, misinterpretation, the burden that comes with knowledge of the future; self-fulfilling and self-defeating prophecies; the forces that contribute to similarities and differences among people; roots and lineage; and the judgement of oneself and others. Using Oedipus Rex as a lens, we will examine existential, social, ethical, and legal concerns and dilemmas introduced by the genomic era – highlighting the relevance of behavioural genetics across the humanities, social and life sciences.


December 1:e 2021  ”The social neuroaesthetics of dance and live performance” med Guido Orgs

Dance is an inherently social art form in which at least one person moves while another person watches. The aesthetic appreciation of dance is linked to the expression of emotions and intentions through the human body, and it can be conceptualised as a form of nonverbal communication via observed movement. In a series of lab and live performance studies, I will explore the idea that dance aesthetics depend on the saliency of social signals that are conveyed through both the individual and the collective kinematics of movement, including the variability and predictability of movement acceleration and the synchrony among a group of dance performers. Movement is the common denominator of dancing, making music and acting. Understanding the aesthetics of individual and joint action may thus provide a conceptual framework for an empirical aesthetics of the live performing arts.

May 4 2021  ”How rhythm and timing structure experience: Auditory perception, music and social interaction” med Laurel Trainor

Laurel Trainor is a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, a Research Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Distinguished University Professor. She directs the Auditory Development Lab (https://trainorlab.mcmaster.ca/) and has published over 160 articles in journals including Science and  Nature on the neuroscience of auditory development and the perception of music, including work on pitch, tonality, timing, rhythm, neuroplasticity, and the role of music in social interaction and developmental disorders. She co-holds a patent for the Neuro-compensator hearing aid. She is the founding and present director of the LIVELab (https://livelab.mcmaster.ca/), a unique research-concert hall with high acoustic control, that is equipped with multi-person motion capture and EEG for studying music performance and human interaction. Laurel also has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toronto and is currently principal flute of the Burlington Symphony.


April 15 2021 ”Beyond the limit of sensorimotor skills of musicians” med Shinichi Furuya


Shinichi Furuya is a researcher and program manager at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, research associate professor at Sophia University, and a guest professor at Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media. After studying mechanical engineering, biomechanics, and motor neuroscience at Osaka University in Japan, he worked at University of Minnesota (USA), Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Germany), and Sophia University (Japan). He received the Postdoctoral Fellowship at Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Heisenberg Fellowship  at German Research Foundation (DFG), and Susanne Klein-Vogelbach-Prize for the Research of Human Movement. His research goal is to support for musicians to overcome the limit of musical expertise and to prevent injuries through musical practicing. Toward the goal, he has studied neuroplastic and biomechanical mechanisms subserving acquisition, sophistication, loss, and restoration of sensorimotor skills in musical performance. He is also an organizer of the piano academy program hosted by Sony CSL, at which he provides physical education and technological support for young talented pianists.


Februari 25 2021 ”Origin, Treatment and Prevention of Movement Disorders in Musicians” med Eckart Altenmüller

Talare: Eckart Altenmüller, Institute of Music Physiology and Musician’s Medicin in Hannover

Datum och tid: Thursday 25th February at 15.00

Eckart Altenmüller is the Head of Department at the Institute of Music Physiology and Musician’s Medicin at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Apart from being a well known researcher in the field of Music and Neurology, he is also one of the leading clinical experts on medical ailments afflicting musicians, for example the illness known as musicians cramp. Eckart Altenmüller’s lecture this time will focus on neurological problems in musicians, and how they can be prevented and treated. The title of his lecture is The Origin, Treatment and Prevention of Movement Disorders in Musicians.


Föreläsningar innan 2021


12:e mars 2020 ”Neural oscillations and brain-sound interactions across sleep states” med Emily Coffey

Talare: Assistent Professor Emily Coffey, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
Datum och tid: Torsdag 12:e mars kl 15.00

Sleep is a natural, functional, internally-governed, and necessary altered state of consciousness, but what are its functions – and how do patterns of brain activity relate to them? Although EEG (electroencephalography) has been used to characterize sleep for many years, complementary techniques may offer greater insight into the nocturnal activities of the healthy brain.  My talk will centre around two themes: first, how can we move towards an anatomically-informed understanding of sleeping-brain oscillations and their functions, by combining EEG and MEG (magnetoencephalography)? Second, once we have characterized the oscillations and networks associated with sleeping brain functions, how can we used our knowledge of the auditory system to probe their causal relations to learning and memory – and possibly enhance them?



17:e december 2019 ”Deficits and rehabilitative use of music in neurological disorders” med Teppo Särkämö

Talare: Teppo Särkämö Associate professor, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki

Datum och tid 17:e December 2019 vid 14.00

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Deficits and rehabilitative use of music in neurological disorders


October 23:e 2014 Music in treatment of stroke and dementia with Teppo Särkämö

Talare: Teppo Särkämö Associate professor, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, University of Helsinki

Datum: oktober 23:e 2014

Teppo Särkämö from Helsinki, gave a very interesting lecture at the ”Culture and Health”-series about music in stroke rehabilitation and treatment of  dementia-patients. In controlled studies, music listening but not literature listening had significant effects after stroke. Both listening to music and singing improved cognitive skills in dementia patients.

Teppo Särkämö from Helsinki/Jyväskylä has made groundbreaking research in using cultural stimuli to help the brain regain functions after a stroke. Dr. Särkämö works as an Academy of Finland post-doctoral researcher at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit (Institute of Behavioural Sciences, University of Helsinki) and at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research (University of Jyväskylä). Dr. Särkämö’s research focuses on the neural mechanisms of music and speech perception (and their disorders, namely amusia and aphasia), neuroplasticity of auditory and cognitive functions, and the use of music-based interventions in various neurological illnesses (e.g., stroke, dementia, and traumatic brain injury).


April 3:e 2014 ”From Perception to Pleasure: Music and its neural substrates” med Robert Zatorre

Talare: Robert Zatorre, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Datum: April 3:e 2014

Robert Zatorre is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University. His research explores the functional and structural organization of the human brain, with special emphasis on two complex and characteristically human abilities: speech and music. He and his collaborators have published over 200 scientific papers on topics including structure and function of the human auditory cortex, pitch perception, auditory spatial processing, musical imagery, music and emotion, and brain plasticity in the blind and deaf. He holds a James McGill chair in Neuroscience since 2005. In 2006 he became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS). In 2011 he was awarded the IPSEN foundation prize in neuronal plasticity and in 2013 he won the Knowles prize in hearing research.

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March 26:e 2014 ”How musicianship transforms the brain” med Fredrik Ullén

Talare: Fredrik Ullén, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet.

On Wednesday, March 26th, professor Fredrik Ullen gave a lecture for the Culture and Health programe ”How musicianship transforms the brain”. He presented new, exciting data from twin studies, indicating that expertice is not only an effect of training, but that there are substantial heritable effects, both on certain aspects of musical abilities as such, and on motivation for the intense training, required for expertice performance.

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