NEUROSCI 289: Music and the Brain Spring 2016, 2017
Musical perception and performance from artistic, subjective and neuroscientific perspectives.
Presentations and didactic musical performances address how our brain detects and represents music, distinguishing
music from other sounds, how we learn to perform and create music, the effects of music on brain structure and function,
the evolution of musical forms, and musical antecedents and analogues in non-humans. Dialog between course directors,
a professional musician and neuroscientist, highlights the intersection between artistic and scientific perspectives on
this fundamental and aesthetic form of human expression.
The class is cross-listed with the Music (MUS 289) major.
Instructors: Scott Lindroth, Tobias Overath.
NEUROSCI 382: Functional Neuroimaging Spring 2015, 2016, 2017
Overview of use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) in the investigation of human sensory, motor,
and cognitive function. Topics will include FMRI to study human brain systems involved with movement, sensation,
perception, and memory. Students will design and execute a neuroimaging experiment. Prerequisites: Gateway class in
Neuroscience; Statistics and Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience are strongly recommended. Consent of instructors required.
The class is cross-listed with the Psychology (PSY 303) major.
Instructors: Tobias Overath, Todd Harshbarger.
NEUROSCI 425S: Auditory Neuroscience - From Sound to Music Fall 2014
This seminar explores how sound is processed in the brain.
The seminar discusses the (sub)cortical representations of various types of sound attributes, from relatively
basic features such as frequency and loudness to more complex and uniquely human sounds
such as speech and music. It also introduces pros and cons of various methods (e.g. fMRI, M/EEG, psychoacoustics)
to record brain activity when listening to auditory signals.
The seminar is cross-listed with the Music (MUSIC 425S) and Psychology (PSY 479S) majors.
Instructor: Tobias Overath.