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Brain & Culture mini symposium on June 10th The importance of Art for Health and Wellbeing with Susan Magsamen 

Keynote speaker: Susan Magsamen Founder and Director of International Arts + Mind Lab Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics Johns Hopkins University Date and Time: Monday June 10th 14.00 - 16.00 Location: Eva & Georg Klein Lecture hall, Solna väg 9, Stockholm Directions: https://staff.ki.se/eva-georg-klein Program: 14:00 - 14:15 Introduction and Creating art 14:15 - 14:45 Key note Susan Magsamen 14:45 - 15:00 …

Online lecture May 27th: Exploring Evolutionary Mechanisms with Agent-Based Modelling with Kati Harper, University of Queensland, Australia

Title: "Exploring Evolutionary Mechanisms with Agent-Based Modelling"   Speaker: Kati Harper, University of Queensland, Australia   Time: Monday, May 27 at 11.00 am   Webex: https://mpi-ae.webex.com/mpi-ae-de/j.php?MTID=m34986ae812dd6863dd71908da91b8aea   Abstract: Agent-based modelling is a powerful computational approach that simulates interactions between many individual agents to assess population-level dynamics. During this talk I will introduce the fundamentals of agent-based modelling and …

Video from International Dance Day

On Monday, April 29th, Dance Day was celebrated at Kulturhuset, Stockholm where they highlighted dance for Parkinson's. A video recording with a lecture from Sara Houston and entertainment from Dance for Parkinson's , among others, is available View the video from International Dance day   Article about Dance Day on Sveriges Radio's website Sveriges …

Gunnar Bjursell awarded the Bernadotte Prize 2024

Professor emeritus Gunnar Bjursell has been awarded the Bernadotte Prize 2024 of 200,000 SEK for his long-standing research - and significant public educational efforts - on cultural engagement and its effects on the brain, well-being, and health. Gunnar Bjursell has been a central figure in research on culture, brain, and …

In focus: Fredrik Ullén at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

Fredrik Ullén is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt and a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institutet Major news from us at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics is that a new imaging center, CoBIC, has been inaugurated in Frankfurt this summer. …

How Our Brains Process Music

Researchers unlocked how the brain processes melodies, creating a detailed map of auditory cortex activity. Their study reveals that the brain engages in dual tasks when hearing music: tracking pitch with neurons used for speech and predicting future notes with music-specific neurons. This breakthrough clarifies the longstanding mystery of melody perception, …

Dr. Immordino-Yang video interview: How Emotions & Social Factors Impact Learning

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD is Professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California and director of the Center for Affective Neuroscience, Development, Learning and Education, who has done groundbreaking research on emotions, self-awareness and social interactions and how these impact the way we learn and change …

New study on Alston’s singing mice demonstrates that the brain can adapt our perception of time

In collaboration with New York University’s Michael Long and Stanford University’s Feng Chen and Shaul Druckmann, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory neuroscientist Arkarup Banerjee is using Alston's singing mice, to understand how our brains control timing and communication. These studies may offer valuable insights into neurological conditions that affect our ability …

New book by Robert Zatorre – “From Perception to Pleasure – The Neuroscience of Music and Why We Love It”

A new book by Robert Zatorre (a long time collaborator with the centre) entitled "From Perception to Pleasure - The Neuroscience of Music and Why We Love It" has just been published. The book explains and systematizes a large number of primary research findings, embedding them within an understanding of …

Julia F. Christensen: The close relationship between how we feel and how we move

There is a close relationship between how we feel and how we move. We all know the situation: when we’re happy, our movements, like how we walk and gesture are very different from when we’re—say—sad or angry. But does it also work the other way round? Can certain ways of …

Arts, Culture & the Brain: A literature review and new epidemiological analyses

An investigation into the impact of creativity and culture on the brain commissioned by the Arts Council in the U.K. What did the report find? The report offers extensive evidence that Engaging in creativity and culture is linked to positive wellbeing, feeling connected, and motivation in people across a range of …

In focus this month: Culture and Education

This month research about Culture and  Education is in focus with a collection of publications, news and research about this area Read more about culture and education research here

In focus: The Music in Human and Social Development Research Group at the University of Edinburgh

The Music in Human and Social Development Research Group (previously the IMHSD*) brings together researchers, theorists and practitioners from across multiple disciplines including music, psychology, sociology, medicine, informatics, physics, education, linguistics and neuroscience to explore the complex and powerful role of music in human experience. The group's research has recently …

Fredrik Ullén awarded the KI Culture Prize 2022

Congratulations to Fredrik Ullén who was awarded the KI Culture Prize during KI Culture Day 19th October. Motivation for the prize Fredrik Ullén is Director at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, and also a concert pianist. His major research interests are …

Arts and Public Health — Daisy Fancourt video interview

Daisy Fancourt on the effect arts have on our well-being, the correlation between reading fiction and health behavior and how arts can treat chronic pain and mental health problems like depression and dementia. Her studies are based on empirical data from large scale national public data (so called cohort studies), …

In focus: McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind

The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers including psychologists, neuroscientists, music theorists, musicians, dancers, media artists, mathematicians, kinesiologists, health scientists, and engineers. At the institute, scientists, researchers, and musicians study questions about the physical structure, evolution, neural processing, performance, and perception of music, …

Non musicians wanted for a pilot study about piano training

Fredrik Ulléns group are looking for non musicians to help develop a method to study skill development with the help of piano training. Please note that this study is entirely in Swedish   Mer information om denna studie på Svenska (pdf)

Video from KI Culture Day 2021 – Lose Yourself in Dance. Art & Science in Motion

KI Culture Day 2021 "Lose Yourself in Dance Art & Science in Motion" took place at MF on November 10th Watch the first part of the video recording from the day on the link below   KI President Ole Petter Ottersen introduces the afternoon by discussing the importance of culture and science, and …

The role of the brain as a prediction machine when listening to musical phrases

A new study from Aarhus University in Denmark sheds new light on the brain’s capacity to predict musical phrases. Assistant Professor and AIAS fellow Niels Chr. Hansen documents that research participants experience musical phrases in a similar way to spoken sentences. The prediction process occurs when the musical phrase ends …

International operatic soprano Renée Fleming discusses the NIH Sound Health initiative at the Lake Nona Impact Forum

“There are clear scientific benefits for music and arts in health"(Renée Fleming) “We want to create well being rather than just treat disease” (Renée Fleming)   International operatic soprano Renée Fleming held a session at the virtual Lake Nona Impact Forum earlier this year entitled Arts and Health as Prescriptions for the Future. …

Your Brain on Music: Why We Love It, Why We Create It, and Why It’s The Antidote to Our Uncertain Future

A new lecture series is presented by the John Hopkins University. Each week will consist of an interactive short lecture followed by class discussion. Occasional recommended readings will be shared via email the week prior to class. See the link below for this weeks lecture and a list of prerecorded …

The U.K. National Centre for Creative Health is launched

A new centre, which aims to promote creativity for healthy lives, has just been launched in the United Kingdom. The National Centre for Creative Health was formed as a result of the U.K. government’s Creative Health report, which stresses the importance of the arts on health and well being. Research shows …

Welcome to the ‘Music and Personality’ experiment, conducted by Prof. Glenn Schellenberg with colleagues at the University of Lisbon!

Find out more about your personality and musical talent! Welcome to the 'Music and Personality' experiment! The aim of this study is to explore how musical abilities are associated with personality, nonmusical abilities, formal music training, and informal musical activities (e.g., listening, attending concerts). The experiment takes around 45 minutes …

Grant for 5.6 million SEK from The Swedish Research Council

Fredrik Ullén's group at the Centre for Culture Cognition and Health have received a grant for 5.6 million SEK from The Swedish Research Council for research about learning processes, using piano playing as a model. The project is in collaboration with Martin Lövdén at the centre, colleagues at the Max …

Interview with Assal Habibi – education promotes neurological changes in the brain

Assal Habibi discusses her research into how music education promotes neurological changes in the brain. The interview is conducted at the Edinburgh Culture Summit 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qJ7VEAw7mU

NIH Sound and Health intitiative -which projects were financed?

The American public health department NIH has recently financed the Sound Health Intitiative for 20 Million Dollars. The intitiative aims to research the potential of music in the treatment of a wide spectrum of neurological and psychiatric conditions. Which projects have been financed? Below is a list with a short …