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Learning and Memory

Assembly Hall & The Hub
9 - 12 June 2011
In partnership with


The IMHSD - Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, University of Edinburgh


EBRAMUS: Europe BRAin and MUSic

  With cooperation from


Scholarship sponsor


The Mariani Foundation for Paediatric Neurology announces The Neurosciences and Music - IV: Learning and Memory, to be held in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) from 9th to 12th June 2011. The conference is conceived as a continuation of the previous meetings on the relation between the Neurosciences and Music in which our Foundation participated: "The Biological Foundations of Music" (New York, 2000), "The Neurosciences and Music - I , Mutual interactions and implications of developmental functions" (Venice, 2002), "The Neurosciences and Music - II, From perception to performance" (Leipzig, 2005) and "The Neurosciences and Music - III, Disorders and plasticity". These conferences have been highly successful and have generated enormous excitement, both among established and new researchers. By providing the opportunity to present new results and exchange information, the meetings have contributed substantially to the growth of new research and collaborations in the neuroscience of music and to its visibility within the broader scientific community.

The central theme of "The Neurosciences and Music - IV" is Learning and Memory, divided into 4 subthemes: "Infants and Children", "Adults: musicians and non musicians", "Disabilities and aging-related issues" and "Therapy and "Rehabilitation". The conference will include 9 Symposia, 3 Poster Sessions, 2 Workshops and a Keynote Lecture. The conference will be of interest to neuroscientists, psychologists, clinical neurologists, clinical psychologists, therapists, as well as music performers, educators and musicologists.

Edinburgh has been selected as a most appropriate setting because of the IMHSD - Institute for Music in Human and Social Development, established in 2005, which brings together music research, theory and practice from a wide range of disciplines, with an emphasis on learning and rehabilitation. The selected dates are immediately prior to the "Edinburgh International Film Festival" (EIFF), so delegates will have the opportunity to stay on in Edinburgh to attend this event. The EIFF was one of the world's first international film festivals, born alongside the Edinburgh International Festival in 1947, and places a longstanding emphasis upon new talent, discovery and innovation.

Workshops (June 9th)

Two afternoon workshops in which a panel of researchers will present state-of-the-art techniques and protocols in clinical, behavioral and brain imaging domains, with a focus on child- and infant-oriented methods.