CFIN and MIB guest talk: Prof Fred Dick

Professor of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Fred Dick from Birkbeck, University of London/UCL Centre for NeuroImaging visits Aarhus and gives talk on plasticity.

14.11.2017 | Hella Kastbjerg

Dato tor 22 feb
Tid 13:30 15:00
Sted Meeting room 5th floor, DNC Building 10G, AUH, Nørrebrogade


Expert auditory skills: plasticity and stability in cognitive and neural mechanisms


Expert performing artists have been long used as quasi-experimental models for probing mechanisms of short- and long-term behavioral and neural plasticity, as well as for understanding how intensive, long-term, and focused training might generalize to other domains. Performing arts experts are also  useful in testing hypotheses about how and why more ubiquitous audiomotor skills - like speaking and understanding language - may rely on, and reshape, specific neural areas and functional circuits. Here, I'll present results from both behavioral and neuroimaging studies where we ask a) whether intensive arts training broadly or selectively drives perceptual and cognitive improvements; b) how neural response preferences are tuned by short- and long-term training; and c) whether specific audiomotor demands might result in cortical myeloarchitectural changes. I'll also discuss new data from a 'musically inspired' experimental model of training sustained auditory selective attention. Finally (time permitting) I'll outline a new means of hypothesis generation for auditory neuroscience, one based on the accumulated knowledge of master music teachers.

Symposium, Forskning, Alle grupper, Musicinthebrain, Musicinthebrain, Arrangement