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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 music and philosophy, periodic scales and the elements, music by robots, music and maths and music, feeling and emotion.

This Sounds Like Science is supported by and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.

Music, Feeling and Emotion

Have you ever noticed how much music affects your mood? Mental health researchers Dr Sandra Garrido and Professor Katherine Boydell return to This Sounds Like Science for an interactive session as part of the Big Anxiety festival that brings together artists, scientists and communities to question and re-imagine the state of mental health in the 21st century. Test digital applications designed to help young people navigate their emotions in an interactive session that will allow you to experience the profound impact of music on the way we feel.

Feel free to bring your lunch into the auditorium. Our Lobby Bar is stocked with a range of light meal options or you can BYO.

About the Speakers

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 and is Director of Knowledge Translation for the Sydney Partnership in Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). She has published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters and is committed to sharing knowledge in other innovative ways.


Other events in the This Sounds Like Science series:

Music & Philosophy - Tue 26 February 12:30pm
Periodic scales and the Elements of Music – Thu 4 April 12.30pm
Music by Robots – Tue 2 July 12.30pm
Why Music is Maths – Wed 7 August 12.30pm
Music, Feeling and Emotion – Tue 8 October 12.30pm


This Sounds Like Science is supported by and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with the sciences.

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Image: David Vagg 


  • Speakers
    Sandra Garrido
    Katherine Boydell