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Upcoming Scientific Lectures //

Brain Mapping of Music-Evoked Memories

Who: Petr Janata, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology and Center for Mind and Brain, University of California, Davis
When: Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 12:00pm
Where: MRN's Large Conference Room
(Pete and Nancy Domenici Hall - 1101 Yale Blvd NE)

ABSTRACT: Music-evoked autobiographical memories (MEAMs) and associated emotions such as nostalgia comprise some of the most meaningful experiences that people report having with music. In this talk I will discuss studies of MEAMs in laboratory settings and their real-world implications. Using 30-second excerpts of popular music from a person's youth it is possible to evoke a large variety of memories and examine the brain's responses to these remembering experiences using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). I will describe ways in which computational modeling techniques for describing the time-varying tonal structure (melodies and harmonies) in music are used to study, in more detail, how the brain engages with music. I will also discuss more recent work aimed at developing "neurobiographies" by mapping hundreds of MEAMs in individual people.

Please feel free to circulate

Light lunch will be served

Please submit your RSVP to Ashley Mickey at amickey@mrn.org by January 24th at noon.