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Friday, September 19 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Music, Mental Health, and the Frontiers of Brain Research

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You’ve probably noticed a surge of articles and books in recent years about music and the brain. Emerging research shows that music perception, appreciation, and practice affect the mind. Music can influence learning, memory, stress and emotion. Why does music help us learn our ABC’s? Why do we have that one song that can bring us joy or make us weep? These are questions that researchers are currently investigating. In addition, music may be used as therapy for treatment of a range of brain disorders from PTSD to Alzheimer’s. The panel will survey the current understanding of the connection between music and the mind and foster communication between musicians, clinicians and neuroscientists to help this fascinating and exciting new field reach its full potential.

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Craig Havighurst

Journalist / Producer, Music City Roots
Craig Havighurst is a Nashville-based author, journalist, speaker and media producer who’s been studying musical culture and the music business since the late 90s. With academic background in literature, journalism and public policy, Craig has written for NPR, WPLN-FM, The Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly and other magazines. He was a staff writer at The Tennessean from 2001-2004. He’s currently senior producer and writer for Music City... Read More →


Nicole Baganz

Neuroscientist, Vanderbilt University
NICOLE BAGANZ is a neuroscientist at Vanderbilt University, and her research has been published in top-tiered science journals. She is also dedicated to science outreach and communication outside of the lab. Nicole is a passionate lover of music and is one of the founding members of the Vanderbilt Brain and Music Seminar Series and on the planning committee for the first Vanderbilt Music and Mind Symposium. She also writes, winning the... Read More →

Jennifer Plume

Music Therapist, Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
JENNY PLUME is a board certified Music Therapist. She developed the Music Therapy Program at the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and has been employed there for 8 years. Jenny’s recent project has helped to bring the music community together with the patients and families with whom she works. Jenny is also the Coordinator of Clinical Placements for the new Music Therapy Program at Belmont University. She spent... Read More →

Friday September 19, 2014 9:30am - 10:30am
Hillsboro - Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

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