Ralf Greenwald (Psychology)
Scientists and historians agree that music has been one of the most culturally relevant phenomena in the history of mankind. Every society and civilization in known history has regularly practiced musical activity. With recent developments in brain imaging technology and therapeutic applications the empirically elusive “power of music” has recently begun to be scientifically explored. By studying the physics of sound, brain anatomy and physiology, western music theory, and improvisation, music scientists show evidence for the extensive benefits of musical practice and performance. Thus, music cognition and perception are becoming an internationally popular field of interdisciplinary research; This is especially apparent when considering the observed benefits of current music therapy practices. This presentation is designed to provide an overview of how the brain perceives, processes, and creates music from a neuroscientific perspective. Additionally, practical applications will be discussed to provide an educational foundation for those working in research, education, and therapy.
Keywords: Neuroscience, Music, Cognition.