October 4, 2012
Lectures, Readings and Discussions, Free Events
Willson Center Distinguished Lecture
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
Edge Recital Hall
"Peering into the Musical Brain," Donald Hodges, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Donald Hodges is the Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and Director of the Music Research Institute (MRI) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At the MRI he oversees more than 40 active research projects divided into six categories: BioMusic, Neuroimaging of Musicians, Music Education, Musicians’ Hearing Health, Music Performance, and Ethnomusicology-Ecocriticism.
Hodges has authored more than 140 book chapters, papers, and multimedia programs in music education and music psychology. He was contributing editor of the Handbook of Music Psychology and the accompanying Multimedia Companion (1980, 1996). His newest book, Music in the Human Experience: An Introduction to Music Psychology, co-authored in 2011, is designed for students of music psychology, enthnomusicology, anthropology, and acoustics. This writing critically examines why and how we make sense of music and respond to it cognitively, physically, and emotionally. Recent research efforts have included a series of brain imaging studies of pianists, conductors, and singers using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Hodges has conducted a series of brain imaging studies designed to map the musical brain. His goal has been to understand how neural mechanisms support various components of musical behavior. Toward that end, he has scanned pianists while performing Bach, singers as they vocally improvised melodies, and conductors as they detected errors in performances of a musical score, and as they processed multisensory (i.e., auditory and visual) information. Most recently, Hodges and his colleagues have been investigating complex brain networks in trained musicians and untrained controls. While stating that there is still much to learn, Dr. Hodges believes that a picture of the musical brain is beginning to emerge. This presentation will include numerous colored brain images of PET and fMRI scans, as well as musical examples.
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