Music's effect on your brain the focus of today's seminar

September 15, 2010

Follow-up sessions

Two follow-up, Q&A panels at the KANEKO -- on Wednesday, Sept. 22, and Monday, Oct. 18 -- will be held following Dr. Levitin's visit.

The informal panels, titled "Conversations with UNMC Neuroscientists," will highlight neurosciences at UNMC and begin at 6 p.m. at KANEKO.

Scheduled to participate on Sept. 22 are:

  • Sanjay Singh, M.D.;
  • Dan Murman, M.D.;
  • Chris Kratochvil, M.D.; and
  • Michele Aizenberg Ansari, M.D.

The panelists on Oct. 18 will be:

  • William Burke, M.D.;
  • Howard Gendelman, M.D.;
  • Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D.;
  • Wayne Fisher, Ph.D.; and
  • William Thorell, M.D.

The panelists will answer questions from a moderator as well as from the audience.

He's helped the Grateful Dead and Santana make records as a producer and recording engineer. On Wednesday, Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., will help you understand the connection between music and your brain.

A cognitive neuroscientist who wrote two best-selling books on music and the brain -- Dr. Levitin will speak on Wednesday at noon in the Durham Research Center Auditorium. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Dr. Levitin's presentation at UNMC coincides with his performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with Grammy Award winner Roseanne Cash at the KANEKO, 1111 Jones St. (Purchase tickets.)

The UNMC College of Medicine, as well as Dr. Jim and Karen Linder, are sponsors for Dr. Levitin's visit to Omaha.

Changed perceptions

Dr. Levitin is credited with changing the way scientists think about auditory memory.

Currently a professor of psychology and behavior neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Dr. Levitin authored "This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession" and "The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature."

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