If you've ever felt that anticipation of waiting for a beat to drop, you know the indescribable power that music has over us. The right song at the right time can lift moods, send tingles down our spines and trample us with memories. But are these effects in any way quantifiable? How does music change us neurologically or psychologically?
Dr Sandra Garrido and Professor Katherine Boydell are researchers who have been attempting to answer these questions for a large chunk of their careers. As part of a free lunchtime lecture series, Sounds Like Science, the duo will delve into the link between music and mental health. The discussion will take place at City Recital Hall on Wednesday, July 18 at 12.30pm, so don't forget to BYO pack-lunch to this interactive seminar.
Over the course of an hour, Garrido (a musician herself) and Boydell will discuss a few of the scientific studies in which music has proven an unlikely ally in wellbeing. They'll also break down how different types of music can affect mood, memory, anxiety and depression.
So whether you're a music maker, a passionate listener or someone who assigns a song to every memory (from first kisses to epic holidays), Sounds Like Science is a great opportunity to better understand how music moves us. It can't explain why you dance like a weirdo, though. That's just something you do.
This Sounds Like Science: Music and Mental Health will take place on Wednesday, July 18 at 12.30pm. To reserve tickets, visit the City Recital Hall website.