This Sounds Like Science: Music And Mental Health

City Recital Hall and Inspiring Australia

This Sounds Like Science: Music And Mental Health

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.

Music And Mental Health

The association between music and the mind is complex. Research studies suggest significant effects of music on our mental and physical health, but how can this information be used in practice to improve our wellbeing?

Join researchers Dr Sandra Garrido and Professor Katherine Boydell in an interactive session to experience firsthand how music can affect your mood. Discover how data visualisation and other techniques are used by mental health researchers to explore the relationship between music and the experience of anxiety and depression in order to help manage these conditions across the lifespan.

Sandra Garrido is Deputy Director of Research and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. With a background in both music and psychology, her research interests are on the influence of music on mental health both historically and in the modern day, with a particular focus on depression in adolescents and older adults with dementia. Sandra is also a violinist and pianist and has published over 40 academic publications including a book with Palgrave-Macmillan entitled Why We Are Attracted to Sad Music? (2017).

Katherine Boydell is a Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. With a background in community epidemiology and qualitative sociology, she explores the use of a wide variety of art genres in the creation and dissemination of empirical research in the mental health field. She has partnered with artists and other professionals to use documentary film, dance, digital storytelling, body mapping, found poetry and installation art in her research projects. Professor Boydell founded and chairs the Black Dog Institute Community of Practice in Arts-based Knowledge Translation, a group of 70 scholars, artists and trainees. She has published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters and is committed to sharing knowledge in other innovative ways.

Duration: approximately 1 hour, no interval 
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