Music and the Brain

6th May 2021

5pm to 7pm online

Wadham Fellow Eric Clarke is one of three expert speakers at this research seminar organised by St Hilda's College.  

  • illustration of a brain made of musical notes

Three expert speakers will each give a talk on the subject of Brain and Mind: Music and the Brain at this virtual research seminar.

Beyond the brain: music across brain, body and world by Professor Eric Clarke
Abstract: There has been striking and exciting progress in the neuroscience of music over the last 25 years or more, as brain scanning methods themselves have become more sophisticated and more readily available to researchers. But there is a danger in thinking of the experience of music as being confined to the brain. A proper consideration of the rest of the body, and the body’s own entanglement with the extraordinary variety of musical environments that we inhabit, are just as integral to the powerful experiences that music affords. In this talk I offer an outline of what a more distributed and less brain-bound approach might offer, and a view of music as a ‘technology of the self’, and a tool for flourishing from the cradle to the grave. 

Eric will be joined by Dr Victoria Bajo, Associate Professor of Neuroscience, University of Oxford and Professor Nick Zangwill, Honorary Research Fellow, University College London. There will then be a chaired discussion, with questions from the audience.