The Straits Times
Published on Dec 31, 2012

Music matters in the mind


What goes on in the minds of musicians and singers? Curious students decided to find out by inviting experts in brain research to a conference at the National University of Singapore.

The free CogSci Connects event will be held on Friday and Saturday at NUS' Town Plaza Auditorium at the University Town. Researchers from American and Singapore universities will speak on matters from why the brain finds Brahms' melodies beautiful to how musicians' minds change as they improvise.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and nearly 700 people have already registered for sessions. Speakers include researcher Charles Limb from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, who explores how rappers and jazz musicians swing and sing.

The conference also covers everyday behaviour, with Yale psychology professor Brian Scholl talking about why people glaze over sights without noticing them.