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Christmas Symposium 2013: The Musical Brain

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Whether you attend a solemn religious ceremony or an alcohol-fuelled karaoke, Christmas is a time for music. From sublime carols to seasonal pop songs, Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to unleash our inner Diva. Even if Christmas is irrelevant to you, the pleasure of music is universal, an essential part of every human culture.  Join the BNA at its annual Christmas Symposium to explore the neuroscience of music, from the mechanics of sound perception all the way through to the therapeutic uses of music, in an appreciation of The Musical Brain.






12:00 Registration
12:50 Welcome and Introduction
Professor Russell Foster, President of the BNA, University of Oxford
13:00 Maria Chait, University College London
“Discovering patterns in sound sequences”
13:35 Katie Overy, University of Edinburgh
“The rhythmic brain”
14:10 Alan Watson, University of Cardiff
Emotional responses to music”
14:45 Dr Lauren Stewart, Goldsmith’s University of London
“Uncovering musicality in congenital amusia”
15:20 Tea break (tea,coffee,biscuits)
Musical accompaniament from Jinpo Xiang
15:50 British Neuroscience Association Awards presented by Professor Russell Foster, President of the BNA, University of Oxford

Public Understanding of Neuroscience: Dr Jane Hayley, University of Edinburgh

Contribution to Neuroscience: Professor Uta Frith, DBE, University College London

Undergraduate award 2013: TBC

Postgraduate award 2013:TBC


16:15 Peter Todd, Alzheimer’s Society
“Singing for the Brain”
16:50 Jason Warren
“Dementia and the musical brain”
17:25 Panel Discussion with the Speakers
17:50 Wine and mince pie reception
18.30 Close
18:45 – 20:00 Speakers and VIP dinner at the Terrace Restaurant




December 16, 2013
12:00 am - 8:00 pm


Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL
Malet Place, London, WC1E 7JE United Kingdom
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The BNA, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, UCL
+44 (0) 208 166 8713

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