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Musicophilia - sound interesting?

Friday 23 February 2018 11:14am


Otago alumni are warmly invited to join us at the University Book Shop on 6 March for a stimulating and entertaining evening discussing Musicophilia, a best-seller from renowned neuroscientist and author Oliver Sacks.

This special talk is the opening Brain Week event and will feature University of Otago neuroscientist Professor David Bilkey discussing Sacks’ book.

In the 2007 book Sacks, the author of best-sellers The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, discusses humanity’s relationship with music and its ability to move, haunt and heal.

Professor Bilkey will expand on Sacks’ discussion of how and why the brain responds to music, and invites alumni and supporters to attend to hear about a fascinating area of psychology.

David Bilkey
Professor David Bilkey

“I’ll look at how the brain processes and represents sound and how this relates to music. I’ll also talk about some theories about how our love for music (Musicophilia) might have evolved. I think the book’s central subject is intrinsically appealing; everyone enjoys music and an interesting question is ‘why is that’?”

Please remember, you don’t need to have read the book! Our ABC with Otago Lecturers always feature lively question and answer sessions after the presentations - just come and learn about a fascinating topic from an expert in the field.

About: Doors open 6:30pm for desserts and refreshments, mingling and book browsing and the talk begins 7pm sharp.

Email to secure your place (guests welcome, but please include their names in your email booking).

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6 March, University Book Shop, 378 Great King Street, Dunedin.

ALUMNI FACT: Our popular "Alumni, Books and Conversation (ABC) with Otago Lecturers" series started last year to provide alumni with another opportunity to connect with Otago in an informal setting (and thanks to the fantastic University Book Shop for co-hosting the event).

At the well-attended events alumni and community members discussed interesting books with lecturers from a number of disciplines on a range of topics - we even had staff and actors recreating scenes from a Jane Austen novel! Look out for upcoming ABC at UBS talks on our events page.