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Nicola Harrison (Pembroke College, Oxford) - “The Singing Mind”

  • Holywell Music Room Holywell Street Oxford (map)

When singers perform they have to multi task at a super-heroic level.  Over years, this develops unusual neural connections. This presentation looks at brain plasticity in singers, a process that is developed in response to patterns of practice and the complex demands of singing on body, mind and imagination.  Can this process be speeded up? And if so, what are the implications for medicine? A talk-performance that engages the audience and brings them into the action.