Organizers: Isabelle Peretz (University of Montréal), Robert Zatorre (McGill University), Virginia Penhune (Concordia University), Giuliano Avanzini (Istituto Neurologico "C. Besta"), and Luisa Lopez (Università di Roma "Tor Vergata")Promoted by the Pierfranco and Luisa Mariani Foundation
Reported by Kathleen McGowan | Posted September 30, 2008
Music has special access to the human brain. From our first weeks of life, we have a strong sense of rhythm and an acute sensitivity to melody. As adults, music is integral to both our most basic and some of our most sophisticated cognitive processes.
At certain times, clinicians have also seen hints that music has the power to cure. Melody and rhythm sometimes activate neurological abilities that have been lost to disease or damage. Such observations suggest that music may have broader applications in therapy. In addition, observing how music molds the brain's response to injury may answer more basic questions about neuroplasticity, the ability of the nervous system to reshape and reorganize itself in response to environmental changes.
This four-day conference, titled Neurosciences and Music III—Disorders and Plasticity, was held at McGill University on June 25–28, 2008, bringing together neurophysiologists, brain imaging researchers, rehabilitation specialists, musicologists, music educators, musicians, and psychologists, among others to share their work.
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