Music, emotion and memory, in the opening of NeuroConcerts

Why do some melodies stay in our memory? Why do we feel the need to dance when we hear a song? Why do some melodies relax us, other active us, or sadden us, or make us feel happy? Why do we select a soundtrack for our lives? All these questions will be discussed during the different sessions planned within NeuroConcerts. They will take place at 7 p.m. (except the last one, which will take place at 8 p.m.) in several stages, in April, May and June.
Next Thursday, 4th April, at 7 p.m., the Paranymph Hall of the UB Historic Building hosts the first concert of the nine planned within the project NeuroConcerts, a series which aims at disseminating the importance of the brain and the nervous system in musical experiences, by means of a debate among musicologists and neuroscientists and live music.
The first NeuroConcert is entitled “Banda sonora original: música, emoció i memoria” (Original soundtrack: music, emotion and memory). Brain circuits and mechanisms of emotion and memory will be analysed as well as the mutual influence between music and personal memories. The activity is conducted by the neuroscientist Judith Domínguez Borràs, from the University of Geneva, and the expert on music Joaquim Rabaseda, lecturer from the Higher School of Music of Catalonia (ESMUC), accompanied by the musicians Manel Camp (piano), Horacio Fumero (double bass) and Matthew Simon (trumpet), who will offer a live performance. Perfecto Herrera, lecturer at ESMUC, moderates the discussion. The opening event will be attended by the rector of the UB, Dr Dídac Ramírez; the director of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), José Ignacio Fernández Vera; the vice-rector for Institutional Relations and Culture, Dr Lourdes Cirlot, and the director of ESMUC, Josep Borràs.

NeuroConcerts are part of a wider initiative entitled NeuroUB: Neuroscience, Music and Art, a science disseminating project born to celebrate the designation of the year 2012 as the Year of Neuroscience in Spain and aims at fostering the social interest in neurosciences.
Our body interprets musical experience and the brain uses some specific codes to give sense and order each perception. The complexity of used systems makes their study one of the most interesting challenges in the field of neurosciences. To understand the mechanism by which music produces certain emotions and feelings is a fascinating objective for neurosciences.

Seats are limited, so it is necessary to previously book and confirm attendance by means of the form available on the website of the project.