Guest lecture by Dr. Mari Tervaniemi

 Music as a means of training and rehabilitation across the lifespan

Dr. Mari Tervaniemi, Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helskini

Stewart Biology Building ( 1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue), Room N2/2

August 7, 2014, 3:30pm-5:00pm

Abstract: 

During the past two decades, our knowledge about the brain functions and structures underlying music perception, performance, and emotion has accumulated relatively fast. Several brain areas involved in these musical functions have been identified using various techniques and paradigms. However, much less is known about the brain determinants underlying music learning and music therapy. In this talk, Dr. Tervaniemi will introduce data revealing the impact on music learning on brain functions and show results about music rehabilitation obtained from dementia patients.  These recent data indicate that music-related activities, both in terms of singing and listening to familiar songs, can effectively boost the emotional and cognitive well-being of the patients as well as their caregivers. 

*This event is free of charge, no registration necessary.