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'More than a feeling': the informed application of music in everyday and extraordinary wellbeing challenges.

Tuesday 8 March 2016, 6.00PM

Speaker(s): Dr Victoria Williamson (Vice Chancellor’s Fellow for Music at The University of Sheffield and Director of Music & Wellbeing)

Wellbeing is a state defined by a sense of comfort, achievement, health and happiness. Challenges to our wellbeing span the life course and can include both the everyday (learning & memory) and the extraordinary (physical or mental illness). How might music help in these situations? Can we optimise any positive effects? This lecture will introduce the complex relationship between music and wellbeing, which goes back at least 40,000 years in human history. I will then give examples of what is possible when music is employed in an informed way to remediate life’s modern challenges. In particular, this lecture will discuss research into the effect of music on language and memory ability, and music interventions for people living with aphasia, Parkinson’s or dementia.

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Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Admission: Free and open to all