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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way


SE14 6NW

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A 2-day celebration of the science of the arts at Goldsmiths University of London, full of exciting cutting-edge research, as well as social events and networking opportunities. Featuring keynote speakers Robert Pepperell and Rebecca Schaefer.

Please reserve a ticket in advance if you plan to attend. Admission is free.

Day One (19th July)

Launch of the MSc in Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity (PANC)

  • 1:30 pm: Aesthetic and Creative Cognition

Dr Guido Orgs: Introduction to PANC

Dr Rebecca Chamberlain: Embodied Aesthetics of Graffiti Art

Prof Joydeep Bhattacharya, Professor of Psychology: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity

Short Break

Prof Jonny Freeman, Professor of Psychology and Managing Director, i2 media research: Immersion and Presence in VR

Dr Theodoros Papatheodorou: Computational Arts: From drawing tools to intelligent machines

Dr Anastasia Seregina: Aesthetics in Consumer Research

  • 3:30-4 pm: Coffee Break

  • 4 pm: Key Note

Prof Robert Pepperell, Professor of Fine Arts, Cardiff Metropolitan University: Art, Energy and the Brain

  • 5 pm: Panel Discussion: Where the arts meet the sciences – Working across and between disciplines

    Henrietta Hale, Dog Kennell Hill Project / Independent Dance
    Karen Boswell, Adam & Eve DDB
    Dr Daniel Glaser, Director of the Science Gallery London Prof Rober Pepperell, Head of Fine Art Department, Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • 6 pm: Wine Reception

  • 7 pm: Lecture Prformance

Dog Kennel Hill Project presents Our True Feelings

Day Two (20th July)

10th anniversary celebration of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain (MMB)

  • 9am: MMB cohort 2017-18: Poster Presentations

  • 10.45am: Welcome to 10 years of Music, Mind and Brain

Prof Lauren Stewart, Professor and co-director of the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain

Dr Daniel Müllensiefen

  • 11 am: Keynote

Rebecca Schaefer, Assistant Professor, University of Leiden: Moving to music: Neural, cognitive and kinematic findings

  • 12 pm: Research talks with MMB alumni:

Dr Alex Billig (MMB 2010-2011): Cortical reflections of auditory ambiguity
Dr Dawn Rose (MMB 2010 - 2011): Musical training and transfer effects
Dr Kelly Jakubowski (MMB 2011 - 2012): Musical rhythm perception across (and within) cultures

Pedro Kirk (MMB 2014-2015): Sonic Sleeve: A Stroke Rehabilitation Aid
Dr Nora Schaal (MMB 2011 - 2012): From non-invasive brain stimulation studies on musical memory to music interventions in gynaecological settings

  • 2.30pm: From MMB to industry: MMB alumni explain their professional world

Aifric Lennon (MMB 2016-17) "Faking it or working hard? How I transitioned from a biomedical scientist to a project manager at one of the best music agencies in the world - through one year of Music Mind & Brain"

Tabitha Trahan (MMB 2014-15) “Is your sound in or Soundout?: data analytics and music market research”
Dr Neo Kaplanis (MMB 2011-12) "Reproduction of the sound of music. The role of Research & Development team"
Merel Vercammen (MMB 2013-14) "The New Mozart Effect: transforming a scientific study into an interactive musical performance"

  • 4pm: MMB Career networking

Music Therapy and the clinical world

Informing a career in music with science

Music consultancy and advertising

Consumer research and marketing

The audio and tech industry

PhD and the academic career, in the UK and abroad

  • 7pm: Jam Session – Everyone Welcome

(BYOI: Bring your own instrument)


Dr Robert Pepperell: Art, Energy and the Brain
Recent years have seen a growing interest among neuroscientists and vision scientists in art and
aesthetics, exemplifying a more general trend towards interdisciplinary integration in the arts,
humanities and sciences. However, true art-science integration remains a distant prospect due
to fundamental differences in outlook and approach between disciplines. I consider two great
challenges for any project designed to explain the role of the brain in art appreciation.

First, scientists and artists need to identify common ground, common questions, and a shared
motivation for inquiry. Second, the neuroscience of art must transcend its current goal of
correlating brain functions to behaviour and begin to explain the connection between activity in
the brain and the phenomenology of art appreciation. I propose that both challenges can be
tackled using an energy-based approach.

The concept of ‘energy’ is clearly of central importance to the physical sciences, and to
neuroscience in particular. Meanwhile, energy is a concept that artists and art historians have
consistently referred to when trying to articulate how artworks are made and appreciated.

I survey the role of energy in art, philosophical and psychological aesthetics, and neuroscience,
suggest how this approach could help to further integrate art and neuroscience, and explain
how brain activity contributes to aesthetic experience.

Dr Rebecca Schaefer: Moving to music: Neural, cognitive and kinematic findings

One of music’s most salient aspects is its potential to induce and guide movement. Not only is moving to music intuitive, automatic, and often enjoyable, it also has great clinical potential, for instance in movement rehabilitation. However, the underlying mechanisms of cueing movement with musical rhythm, or indeed the effects of auditory cueing on learning a new movement, are still largely unknown.

To better design effective clinical interventions, more knowledge is needed focusing on how to optimise the opportunity for movement learning. This includes considering specific aspects of the musical cues that may matter, taking into account the difficulty or complexity of the movement, and the cognitive resources that may be needed to adequately make use of this cue. Using measures of neural function, cognitive functioning and motion registration, the potential impact of the cue, the movement, and the person performing the movement are discussed.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way


SE14 6NW

United Kingdom

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