Expressing Emotion in Music and Movement with Beau Sievers

Part of a series of programs about how the brain interprets, experiences, remembers and processes music.

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.

Beau Sievers

Beau Sievers is a Ph.D. candidate in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Dartmouth Social Intelligence Lab with Professor Thalia Wheatley. His research has focused on how we understand emotion in music, movement, and other sensory modalities.


Next week:

April 4: 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.


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.