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

  • Date and time: Tuesday 8 March 2016, 6.00pm
  • Location: The Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building
  • Admission: is free of charge and open to all. No booking required.

Event details

Centre for Global Health Histories lecture

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. Dr Williamson 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.

Dr Victoria Williamson, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow for Music at The University of Sheffield and Director of Music and Wellbeing