Ithaca Music Forum: Dr. Elizabeth Marvin (Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester) presents "Music-Langauge Collaborations: Speech-in-Noise and Mapping Music in the Brain

The Ithaca Music Forum's inaugural event of 2018-19 investigates the interactions of music, language, and the brain, featuring neuromusicologist Dr. Elizabeth Marvin, who holds dual appointments at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester. 

Dr. Marvin provides two case studies from her perspective as musician-collaborator. The first, with a biomedical engineer and a linguist, explores the question of whether musical training improves auditory stream segregation—the ability to separate a single voice from surrounding noise. 

In the second, with a cognitive scientist and a neurosurgeon, Dr. Marvin served as music consultant during awake brain surgery. She assisted in developing and then scoring a musical task that helped guide the surgeon’s work as he removed a tumor positioned near the right superior temporal gyrus of a professional saxophone player’s brain, in an area potentially critical for music processing.

Friday, September 14, 2018 at 5:00pm

Whalen Center for Music, McHenry Lounge

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