On this page you can find the list of forthcoming events with details, in addition to the link to the music section of the university's What's On guide.
Research Forum: Pamela Heaton (Goldsmiths)
Autism, music and just-so stories in psychology
Free and all welcome
Psychologists working in the area of music perception have theorised that the evolutionary origins of music are linked to the benefits of social bonding for early humans. This has led to an interest in studying musical traits in individuals with social and communication impairments.
In the lecture I will present results from empirical studies of music perception in Williams Syndrome and Autism and show that whilst such work may inform our understanding of musicality and the origins of music, conclusions from current theoretical accounts are contradicted by the available scientific evidence.