Music Changes the Brain: A Neuroscientist's View

  • Saturday, June 09, 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Berkshire Museum, 39 South Street, Pittsfield, Mass. 01201


Music Changes the Brain
A Neuroscientist's View

 Paul Lennard, Ph.D.
Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program at Emory University

Saturday, June 9th, 3pm
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield

Playing an instrument or listening to music can morphologically and functionally change our brains, both in the short term and long term. Exposure to music and music training early in life can alter brain development, and there is evidence that the brains of musicians are different from those of non-musicians. Join us for a fascinating science-based discussion on how music changes the brain.

Paul Lennard received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. Since 1979 Dr. Lennard has taught in the Biology Department at Emory University, Atlanta, where he has been the Director of the Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology Program since its inception in 1997. He has traveled to India as a Sager Foundation Fellow to teach neuroscience to Tibetan Monks. His current interest in the musical brain has been catalyzed by his marriage to Cecylia Arzewski, a former member of the BSO, Cleveland Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony. Dr. Lennard is a recipient of the Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award for Natural Sciences and the Emory Neuroscience Initiative’s “Courage to Inspire Award.”

Join us for the third lecture in OLLI's 2018 Distinguished Speakers Series. Tickets may be ordered online by clicking here, over the phone at 413.236.2190, or are available at the door: $10 for OLLI and Berkshire Museum members; $15 for the general public; free for youth 17 & under and BCC students. Forum credit available.

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