Music and the Brain with Michael Casey, Ph.D.

Making Music +Talks: Music & the Brain. Join the Montshire for live community programs that examine how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

“It may well be that the very propensity of the brain towards music is what draws us together as social beings and allows us to have societies in the first place—“It’s big stuff.”

What is music for? What can music be? Why do all humans, without exception, enjoy music? Explore the interrelation of music, the brain, and society with scholar Michael Casey. 
Michael CaseyMichael Casey, PhD, is the James Wright Professor of Music, Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and the Chair of the Department of Music at Dartmouth College. He conducts neuroimaging research into how music is represented in the brain, and his lab is creating new brain-music interfaces for music composition and performance.


In the coming weeks:

March 14: Experiencing Music With Our Whole Brain + George Christian Jernsted, Ph.D.
How could we hear music (or even compose music) without using our ears?  Can we hear music with our eyes? With touch? What happens inside our brain when we experience music? Professor Chris Jernstedt will explain how the human mind is a storyteller, and why music is one of the more powerful ways we share stories.

March 21: Music and Memory + Film Screening of Alive Inside + Erica Myers
Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Introduced by Erica Myers, Life Enrichment/ Memory Care Director for Kendal at Hanover

March 28: Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement + Beau Sievers
Why does music “move” us? Why do we do describe happy people with movement words like “bouncy” or music words like “upbeat?” Why does heavy metal sound angry? Through studies produced at the Social Intelligence Lab at Dartmouth College, Beau Seivers will discuss how people from different parts of the world express emotions using music and movement, and how researchers use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to see how music and movement are related in the brain.


Making Music: The Science of Musical Instruments is made possible by donors to the David Goudy Discovery Fund. Programming for the exhibition is made possible with support from Clyde Watson and Denis Devlin.