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Morten Kringelbach

University of Aarhus / University of Oxford
Music and dance in brain and body
25 March 2016 -
25 April 2016

Morten Kringelbach is professor of Neuroscience at Aarhus University, Denmark, and senior research fellow at The Queen's College, University of Oxford. He received in 2013 an ERC Consolidator Grant for a research on the plasticity of parental caregiving: characterizing the brain mechanisms underlying normal and disrupted development of parenting. His research currently focuses on understanding pleasure in the human brain. It is an important issue since it may offer us novel and more effective ways to treat anhedonia, the lack of pleasure, which is a major component of affective disorders.

The overall aim of the research is to investigate the close links between music and dance in the brain and body using the tools of neuroscience and anthropology. Emerging research from both disciplines has started to explore the links but much remains to be explored. From an anthropological perspective, cross-cultural research has shown that in many societies there are no general terms for music and dance, rather people use words for specific performances involving dance and music. In yet other societies, the same word is used for music-making, singing and dancing. From a neuroscientific perspective, listening to music has been shown to engage the action systems of the brain, suggesting that music is preparing the body to dance. We propose to investigate these links further by organising a workshop with leading scholars to explore and bring together interdisciplinary perspectives on music and dance in the brain and body. Further, we propose to carry out anthropological fieldwork in Paris and to write up the results of neuroimaging research on groove, a highly pleasurable form of music setting the body in motion.

Lectures by J. Chauvin (Concert de la Loge / IEA de Paris), C. Bradley (2017-2018 Paris IAS fellow) and M. Kringelbach (2015-2016 Paris IAS fellow), within the framework of the "Nuit des Idées", organized by the Institut français
25 Jan 2018 20:00 -
25 Jan 2018 00:00,
Paris :
Musique, imagination et émotions
Colloque organisé par M. Kringelbach et H. Neveu-Kringelbach, résidents de l'IEA de Paris
29 Mar 2016 09:00 -
30 Mar 2016 13:00,
Paris :
The pleasure of music and dance in the brain – interdisciplinary conversations
Conference organized by G. Dezecache (U. of Neuchâtel and Portsmouth), J. Grèzes (ENS Paris) and G. Mirdal, director of the Paris IAS, with the support of the Department of Cognitive studies (ENS) and the ENP
Neuroscientist, Morten Kringelbach (Paris IAS), meets legendary author, A.S. Byatt to discuss the minds of writers
Contemporary period (1789-…)
World or no region