Have you ever pondered the inextricable link between science and music? City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia invite you to explore music on a different level in our free lunchtime series This Sounds Like Science.
Leading Australian researchers lend their expertise to topics including the role of music in breakthrough scientific studies on mental health, memory and even its effectiveness in the operating theatre.
This Sounds Like Science is co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.
Memory and music are intimately connected. A piece of music can suddenly transport us back in time to relive defining events from our past, strengthening our sense of self and connection to others. Loss of memory represents one of the most devastating symptoms of dementia, yet mounting evidence suggests that musical abilities and memory for musical pieces may be preserved in these syndromes. Join Professor Muireann Irish to explore how the brain responds to music, giving rise to such powerful effects even in the face of advancing pathology. How can we harness music to improve wellbeing and quality of life for those affected by dementia?
Associate Professor Muireann Irish is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Brain and Mind Centre, The University of Sydney. Motivated by her grandmother’s experience with Alzheimer’s Disease, Muireann has dedicated her research career to exploring the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying memory loss in dementia, with a view to uncovering how we can intervene effectively to improve wellbeing and quality of life. The quality of Muireann’s work has been recognised in numerous awards and accolades including the 2016 NSW Premier’s Prize for Science and Engineering Early Career Researcher of the Year, and the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO International Rising Talent Award.
Duration: approximately 1 hour, no interval
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