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Embedding music and music therapy interventions in dementia care pathways: research trends, clinical practice and policy in the 21st century

On 28th February 2019, Helen Odell-Miller gave a visiting lecture for students and staff of Goldsmiths’ MSc programmes Music, Mind and Brain, and Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity, discussing research exploring therapeutic uses of music for people living … Continue reading

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Garden Design, Birdsong and Creativity

Paul Sowden on the power of setting and the restorative potential for natural environments. Continue reading

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Navigating an ambiguous world

In our daily lives, we are constantly surrounded by or exposed to various sounds, images or speech, many of which feature ambiguity. From our previous experiences with objects our brain interprets it without even consciously thinking about it. Similarly, the … Continue reading

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The Subject(s) at the Centre of Aesthetic Experiences

by Giacomo Bignardi, Kirren Chana, MacKenzie Trupp, & Sasha Koushk-Jalali Reflections on Edward Vessel’s Introduction to Visual Neuroaesthetics On 15th November 2018, MSc Music, Mind and Brain and MSc Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity students had the pleasure … Continue reading

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How the brain entrains to musical rhythms.

‘How the brain entrains to musical rhythms’ was asked by our guest lecturer, Anna Katharina Bauer. To figure this out, we must first explore the concept of oscillation. Anna defined an oscillation as: ‘any system which uses periodic fluctuations between … Continue reading

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Jacques Launay: Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation for Social Bonding?

“Without a song or a dance what are we? So I say thank you for the music For giving it to me” -Lyrics by ABBA- Music and dance exists across all cultures and anthropological evidence makes it clear that musical … Continue reading

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The Jazz Turnaround: A Back-to-Back Paradigm for Studying Improvisation

Musical improvisation involves extremely complex cognitive processes—with performers engaging in rapid, in-the-moment decision-making coupled with focussed motor attention, all-the-while maintaining awareness of the other musicians and the music. It’s no wonder that it captivates the interest of Dr Freya Bailes, … Continue reading

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