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How Does Music Affect Us

  • Cafe Eclectic 603 North McLean Boulevard Memphis, TN, 38107 United States (map)

Memphis is the birthplace of rock and roll, and so much more. You can't go far in this city without hearing the pulse of music, but did you ever think about the affect music has on out brain and how it functions?

Join us to learn more about the neurological effect of music from an expert from the University of Memphis.



Doors will be open at 6:30pm. Cafe Eclectic, as the name would suggest, has an eclectic variety of eats and drinks, but doesn't sell alcohol. Have no fear, you are welcome to BYOB if that's what your heart desires. Enjoy while chatting with new friends!


Following a brief introduction to taste of science and thanks to our sponsors, we will hear from our speakers with plenty of time between for questions and refills.

Seating is limited; only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door. 

The brain benefits of musical training

Dr Gavin Bidelman

Assistant Professor, Institute For Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis

Musical experience shapes the way we hear and interact with the auditory world. But new research suggests that musicianship might also confer more wide-spread benefits to brain regions necessary for speech/language processing, memory, and attention. In this talk, I will provide an overview of the neuroplastic effects of musical training and its benefits to different perceptual and cognitive skills. 

Ear Drums and Sound Waves

Dr Laura Hamel

Postdoc, St Jude Children's Research Hospital

When someone says the word "ear", what do you think about? I imagine most of you think of those odd features on the sides of your faces. Some of you probably think of an adorable bunny. But how many of you think of the how the ear functions? There are twists and turns and specialized bones and cells that make up our middle and inner ear. Come to my talk and get an insight into the organ that helps us hear.

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