Last month, I gave a joint presentation and Q&A with renowned operatic soprano Renée Fleming on the neuroscience of music. I had the opportunity to work with Ms. Fleming earlier this year on the NIH/Kennedy Center Sound Health initiative (the subject of an NIH scientific workshop and Kennedy Center event), and we worked closely together on an fMRI scan of her brain as she sang. Our presentation, at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, covered topics including the parts of the brain involved in music, the effects of musical training on the brain, and attempts to use music therapy to improve outcomes in cases of chronic pain, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. We also discussed the results of Ms. Fleming’s brain scan, and we took questions from the audience of students and community members. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – thank you to everyone who joined us!
Here are some photos of the event: