Music to Whose Ears III: Music and Healing

Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 2:30pm EST

Future Event

There are well-known therapeutic effects of melody and rhythm on people with various cognitive and motor problems such as non-fluent aphasia, autism, Alzheimer disease, and Parkinson’s disease. By helping alleviate pain and anxiety, music can be also beneficial for preterm babies and for patients before and after surgeries. Empirical studies show that musically trained children perform better on memory tests that are correlated with IQ, and there are new data suggesting that playing a musical instrument can be effective for slowing down cognitive decline in normal aging. The roundtable will explore the possible mechanisms of music’s beneficial influence on the brain.


Evelina Fedorenko

Assistant Professor, Director of the EvLab at Harvard Medical School / Mass General Hospital

Ev Fedorenko is a cognitive neuroscientist who specializes in the study of the human language system. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics from Harvard University in 2002. She then proceeded to pursue graduate studies in cognitive science and neuroscience at MIT. After receiving her Ph.D. in 2007, she was awarded a K99/R00 career… read more »

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn

Pianist; Professor of Music Cognition, Touro College

Marina Korsakova-Kreyn is a professional pianist and scholar in music cognition. Her research is focused on emotional responses to music and on the perception of melodic transformation. Currently, Dr. Korsakova-Kreyn teaches Music Cognition at Touro College. She performs regularly as a member of Union City Chamber Players, and she is an author of books and… read more »

John Schaefer is the host and producer of WNYC’s long-running new music show New Sounds (“The #1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard), founded in 1982, and its innovative Soundcheck podcast, which has featured live performances and interviews with a variety of guests since 2002. In January of 2017 he began a new… read more »

Dr. Concetta Tomaino is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and was Senior Vice President for Music Therapy at CenterLight Health System (formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services), where she worked from 1980 to 2016. Dr. Tomaino is internationally known for her research in the clinical applications… read more »

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