IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Music, Health and Wellbeing (Professor William Thompson, Macquarie University, Australia)
Throughout history and in all known human cultures, music has been used to promote health and wellbeing. Until recently, however, there has virtually no scientific research, let alone understanding, of the mechanisms by which music can have therapeutic health benefits. In this talk, Professor Thompson will review current uses of music as a treatment for neurological disorders that often affect the elderly: Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and dementia. He will argue that music can be understood as a combination therapy that interacts with neurological disorders on multiple levels of function, allowing patients to circumvent their impairments, affecting neurochemical systems and stimulating processes of brain plasticity that can lead to recovery of function.
This lecture is free and open to all.
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