Power of Music in Memory

Staying Sharp imageStaying Sharp: The Story of Music and Memory
The Royal Society, London, UK

Thursday 11th June, 2015

Dr. Victoria Williamson, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow in Music Psychology at The University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London explores our special relationship between music and memory.

What happens when music takes you back to a special memory? What are earworms; how might we combat them (music memories on the brain)? In what ways can music boost our everyday memory performance? Why does musical memory survive so well in dementia?

The story of music and memory helps explain why music is so important to so many of us.

Staying Sharp sessions have run for a decade at the Royal Society with an audience of c. 300 people. Among speakers in the past ten years have been Sir Colin Blakemore, Professors Alan Baddeley, Russell Foster, Tom Kirkwood and Steven Rose.

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