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  • 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.

Brain Benefits of Music: Spotlight on Aging

How does music change the brain? Neuroscience research has shown music shapes a wide variety of brain functions including enhancing perceptual, language, and cognitive functions necessarily for everyday life. Yet, aging is associated with natural declines in these skills. In this talk, we will examine the potentially powerful benefits of music to the aging brain and how music engagement might help counteract the negative effects of cognitive aging.

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Dr Gavin Bidelman

Associate Professor, Institute for Intelligent Systems, University of Memphis

An auditory neuroscientist interested in the neural basis of speech and music perception and brain plasticity across the lifespan


Cameron Ogg


Meet your hosts...


Jackie Norrie

I am originally from Chicago, went to school in Michigan and Texas and now I am a postdoc at St Jude.

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Laura Hamel

Born and raised on the coast of Maine, but have called Memphis home for 3+ years and just bought my first house in East Memphis!

Scientist by day and City Coordinator for taste of science Memphis!

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