Music and brain at CosmoCaixa

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Next Tuesday June 4 at 7 pm on CosmoCaixa puts an end to the cycle of conferences “The music and its impact on the body and mind” with a panel discussion on the future of research in music.

In the discussion will participate the cycle coordinator, the researcher of the IDIBELL and the University of Barcelona, ​​Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells, the ethnomusicologist of the Superior School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC, Rubén López-Cano), the researcher at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CGR ), Mara Dierssen, and the journalist Jordi Morató.

La Caixa Foundation and IDIBELL have organized this series of talks that brought together internationally recognized experts like Steven Mithen, Sandra Trehub, Eckart Altenmüller, Jaume Ayats, Emmanuel Bigand and Josef Rauschecker.

The cycle has allowed us to better understand amazing cultural phenomenon of our species: the music. Have been addressing issues such as the origin of music and how it has evolved, from the moment that one of our ancestors first constructed a flute to start producing the first sound, about 40,000 years ago until the last musical transformations and technology. The issues that arise around music are endless, from how to develop musical skills in babies up what characterizes those with talent for this art.

The experts who participated in the lecture series address the music from different disciplines, such as anthropology, archaeology, musicology, psychology, neuroscience, engineering and philosophy. These areas of study help to understand how this complex cultural phenomenon becomes important in humans in the formation of self-consciousness, his autobiographical memory and emotional expressiveness. Many of our emotional memories are in musical territory, but these emotions can disappear. Knowing musical anomalies may help understand the link between musical ability and competition with other cognitive abilities and understand how evolution has allowed selecting these traits, which, a priori, there is no clear adaptive advantage.

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