Every Brain Needs Music: How music influences healthy brain development and ageing

Dr. Larry Sherman delivering a recent lecture about music and the brain.

Dr Larry Sherman

Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology & Senior Scientist, Neuroscience
Oregon Health & Science University

A multi-media musical performance and exploration of the origins of music, how our nervous systems develop and age, and how music can affect the structure and function of the brain during development and throughout life!

Presented at the Royal Society of Victoria in partnership with RMIT University’s School of Health & Biomedical Sciences.

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About the Speaker:

Dr Larry ShermanNeuroscientist Dr Larry Sherman has given hugely popular talks and performances (including playing the piano) around the globe on topics that include music and the brain, the neuroscience of pleasure and love, the neuroscience of racism, the neuroscience of post-traumatic stress disorder, and how genes and environment contribute to brain development and personality.

He is a Professor in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology and in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center. He is also the President of the Oregon Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. He has over 80 publications related to brain development and neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. He serves on a number of national scientific review panels for the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Congressionally-Directed Medical Research Programs, and others.

Dr Sherman has made numerous television appearances, discussing various topics related to neuroscience. He was invited by John Frohnmayer, former head of the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, to serve on a panel discussing the origins of creativity that was filmed for the U.S. Public Broadcasting System. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Portland Monthly Magazine recognized Dr. Sherman as one of the most innovative people in the State of Oregon. He was the 2012 Teacher of the Year at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.