Feel the Music: Sound and Emotion

A two-day forum on music and the science of how it produces emotion.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 16, 2013 7:30 am - May 18, 2013 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

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Most of us have experienced joy, sadness, or fear while listening to a live musical performance or the score to a film. What can science tell us about how music and sound affect our brain and induce feelings?

Over the course of two days, swissnex San Francisco and the NCCR Affective Sciences research center at the University of Geneva bring together renowned psychologists, neuropsychologists, engineers, literary theorists, artists, musicologists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and historians from around the world to discuss the latest research on music and emotion.

In four sessions and two evening performances, audiences and participants can discover how opera singers express and solicit emotion (Session 1), how the brain responds while listening to music, and how musicians and scientists can collaborate on applied research (Session 2). Presenters share technological innovations in music, such as interactive apps (Session 3), and analyze how filmmakers including the master of himself, Alfred Hitchcock, foster suspense through sound (Session 4).

If you wish to attend all four sessions, request an all access pass.

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NCCR Affective Science is the first national center dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of emotions and their effects on human behavior and society.



Photo: Myleen Hollero