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The Neuroscience of Music & Creativity

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 09/06/2020, 09/08/2020, 09/09/2020

This event appeared in the series
Conversations on Science & the Future

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A cognitive neuroscientist with UCSF and member of the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Indré Viskontas studies how memories, creativity and other cognitive processes are supported by neural networks  using the latest techniques  including direct recordings from neurons in the human brain and high-resolution functional MRIs. She has published ground-breaking work on the neural basis of memory and creativity and has won numerous research and teaching awards. Viskontas is a classically trained soprano and performs with regional opera companies and chamber music groups in the Bay Area and is the co-founder of Vocallective, a consortium of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the art of vocal chamber music.


Indre Viskontas will be in conversation with Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University.  McGonigal’s work demonstrates the various applications of psychology, neuroscience, and medicine to personal health and happiness, as well as organizational success and social change.  She is the author of The Neuroscience of Change, The Willpower Instinct, and Yoga for Pain Relief.