Radio and Webinars
Guest: Seth S. Horowitz, Ph.D
Hosts: Sheila Allen, MA, OTR and Alex Doman
October 16, 2012
Music has been with us from the start — 30,000 year old flutes show that music is not some modern cultural accessory but something that has helped define us as a species. Yet as with all complex human behaviors, why it is so important and how it affects us is still almost as much of a mystery as it was to our ancestors spinning bullroarers to frighten away evil spirits millennia ago. It is only now, with current molecular, physiological and imaging techniques, that we are beginning to understand how music is born from and interacts with our brains and minds and why music and sound are so critical to our mental and even physical health. Sheila, Alex and their guest, an author, musician and neuroscientist will explore this fascinating topic covering these main points:
- Music and neuroscience — how the study of both are mutually revealing.
- The extended auditory system — how music gets beyond basic auditory processing systems.
- It’s not a hammer! – music as a complex tool for complex behavior.
- The future of music in healing — from treating deafness to overcoming dementia.