Music and the Brain: How Sounds Become Pleasurable


Alain Dagher

Montreal Neurological Institute McGill University

Indre Viskontas

Cadence, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of San Francisco

We bring together experts in the field of neurology, psychology, cognitive science, music performance, and machine learning to explore a question that is fundamental to humanity: what makes music pleasurable? We will discuss recent research that shows how the most complex systems of the brain that are unique to humans integrate with the brain's emotional and reward systems to create intense emotions and feelings of pleasure to music, and demonstrate these findings through musical performances.

Primary Access: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband
Secondary Access: Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate