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Oct 19, 2019

Heart:BEATS Brain, Exercise, Arts, Trans-disciplinary Synergies

Oct 19, 2019

Music Building, 6361 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC
Transcending Boundaries: A Constellation of Conversations and Concerts

The data is in — a tidal wave of new understanding of ancient practices shows that arts-medicine phenomena abound — dancing helps Parkinson's patients, singing promotes wellbeing and memory for dementia patients, music-based therapies helps stroke victims regain speech and autistic children communicate. Arts and humanities help medical students develop skills and empathies, while medical/psychotherapeutic practices help music students with injury prevention and performance confidence. Exercise-based community arts assist health and wellbeing across the lifespan. Drama therapies traverse an array of conceptual and emotional boundaries. Art modalities can be powerful agents of knowledge translation across the academic spectrum, and to build eloquent bridges for cross-cultural understanding.

And all around the world, all of us engage Art in some way, everyday - and always have, for as far back as we can trace human communities. Some (like Darwin) have said it is one of the grandest mysteries of our species.

HeartBEATS will include speakers and performers from a broad spectrum of artistic practices and diverse research areas whose work draws connections between realms. 

Join us to explore how art connects us to wellness, health,  and to everyone/thing else.

More information, including the day's schedule:

This event is co-hosted by The UBC School of Music and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.


How music and other creative arts can benefit individuals and society

7:30pm-9:00pm, Oct 19, 2019

UBC School of Music, Roy Barnett Hall, 6361 Memorial Rd, UBC
PWIAS International Visiting Research Scholar Public Talks
Professor Bill Thompson

This event is free, registration is not required.

Music is both personal and social. The music we enjoy reveals a great deal about who we are as individuals, and can enhance or diminish feelings of connection with others. But music also has therapeutic properties, and can even be used to treat individuals with neurological impairments. 

In this talk, Distinguished Professor Bill Thompson, a Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Research Scholar, will describe scientific research on the psychological, social, and neurological effects of music. He will summarise some of the music interventions that are now being used to treat a range of neurological impairments, and will argue that these same therapeutic qualities of music can be used to promote feelings of inclusion among all people who are isolated, marginalized or stigmatized in society. Drawing upon a range of musical examples, he will identify the most powerful active ingredients of music and other creative arts, and show how they can nurture health, wellbeing, and feelings of belonging.

Bill Thompson is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Music Sound and Performance Lab at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. His research concerns the psychology and neuroscience of music, including cross-cultural music cognition, music and emotion, and the psychosocial and health benefits of music. He is the author of “Music, Thought and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music” (Oxford University Press).

This event is co-hosted by: The UBC School of Music and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brian Health.