Thursday, 15 December 2005, 12:00AM

Music, art and the brain

Professor Keith Kendrick

Arguably, the artistic achievements of humans are the most significant single feature that distinguishes us qualitatively from other species. Even Chimpanzee art is a pale imitation of what a human child can produce without significant external motivation. While we are often more predisposed to try to explain the reasons why the human brain is capable of greater intelligence than any other species on the planet we also have at least some understanding of what promotes artistic motivation, temperament and skill. I will also examine whether there is any evidence for the brain responding optimally to certain kinds of music, such as Mozart, and whether this has anything to do with its different rhythms of electrical activity.

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Professor Keith Kendrick is Systems and Behavioural Neuroscientist and was Gresham Professor of Physic between 2002 and 2006.
He has been a member of the Home Office's animal procedures committee and has worked at the University of Cambridge undertaking research with regards to how neural networks are organised to control recognition and responses to social and emotional cues. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

All of Professor Kendrick’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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15 December 2005

Music, art and the brain
Professor Keith Kendrick

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