This lunchtime talk will be rather informal, Stefan Koelsch will present some of his work on brain and music, including studies on mind-wandering, on pain perception, and on therapeutic effects of music in Alzheimer's disease. In addition, he will briefly talk about a few recent studies from other groups, and discuss current work, and future directions, with the audience.
Stefan Koelsch is professor at the Institute for Biological and Medical Psychology at the University of Bergen. He has Masters degrees in music, psychology and sociology, and did his PhD and his Habilitation at the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, where he also led the Independent Junior Research Group „Neurocognition of Music“ after being a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School (Boston, USA). His research foci include the neurocognition of music, neural correlates of emotion, music therapy, similarities and differences between music and language processing, neural correlates of cognition and action, emotional personality and the unconscious mind.