Stanford Music and the Brain Symposium, February 2014


“This year’s Music and the Brain Symposium focuses on music’s role in stimulating transcendent experiences.  What are the neural correlates of ‘transcendence’?  What role does culture play? We have gathered an extraordinarily diverse group of researchers, scholars and artists to explore these topics.The symposium is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not required – however, seating is limited.”

Tuning your instrument: The Budha, the Brain, and Bach

Clifford Saron, UC Davis neuroscientist, and San Francisco Symphony cellist Barbara Bogatin collaborate to offer this experiential workshop exploring the practice of awareness in meditation, music and brain science.  They will examine the parallels between musical and meditative practice and its effects on cognition, perception and self-organization, and show how a musician’s deepening mindfulness allows for greater freedom in performance and interpretation. The morning will include short guided meditations, discussions about neuroplasticity and the embodiment of expertise, and musical interludes of Bach for solo cello.

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