Music and the Brain
Musical perception and performance from artistic, subjective and neuroscientific perspectives. Presentations and didactic musical performances address how our brain detects and represents music, distinguishing music from other sounds, how we learn to perform and create music, the effects of music on brain structure and function, the evolution of musical forms, and musical antecedents and analogues in non-humans. Dialog between course directors, a professional musician and neuroscientist, highlights the intersection between artistic and scientific perspectives on this fundamental and aesthetic form of human expression. Background in music and/or neuroscience preferable, but not required.