Title: Aarhus Summer School in Music Neuroscience
is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, Spring 2020.
Criteria for participation: University degree in neuroscience, psychology, medicine, musicology, nursing, biomedical engineering and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students).
Aim: The main goal of the course is to provide a state-of-the-art overview of the specialist field of music neurosciences, including the principal theoretical frameworks, current findings, and methodological tools.
Learning outcomes: The course provides the students with a fundamental overview of the trends and methodologies concerning research in the field of music and the brain. Moreover, it prepares the students to take an interdisciplinary approach to research questions. First, by training them to understand and use different research methods. Then, to develop a desirable attitude for successful creative interactions in research teams. Finally, the students will attain basic practical experience in at least one novel research method and learn how to implement a feasible research plan within the field of music neurosciences.
To obtain credits students will be required to write a learning diary at the end of each day of the course. They will submit the learning diary of the whole course as the last assignment at the fourth day. Organizers of the course will read the diaries and decide upon credit assignment.
Content: The course is based on lectures by national and international experts in the field. The students will be provided with selected literature by the instructors prior to the course in order to achieve a similar knowledge base across participants. During the course, the students will actively participate in supervised teamwork that aims on designing experiments, analyzing, and interpreting data, thereby utilizing the novel research knowledge acquired in the course. Furthermore, the course also includes organized excursions to various brain research labs at Aarhus University Hospital, where the students will take part in demo sessions led by an expert in the respective methodology.
The mornings will begin with lectures on main topics in music neurosciences, covering main findings and theoretical frameworks to illustrate the variety of experimental designs and methodologies. Prior to the lectures, students will be divided into small groups to discuss follow-up questions, which will then be communicated by a spokesperson. This format allows for a structured interaction with instructors after each lecture in addition to free questions.
The afternoons will contain two modules consisting of team work and hands-on demos. The first afternoon will take place in the MINDLab laboratories at Aarhus University Hospital (Skejby), where the students can engage in MEG and fMRI sessions. The second afternoon, behavioral and EEG demo sessions will take place at RAMA. The third and fourth afternoons will consist of guided instructions in data analysis using state-of-the-art software platforms.
The number of demo experiments and data analysis sessions may be subject to change depending on the number of participants.
Recommended knowledge for participation (if any): Basic biology, neuropsychology and neuroscience. Target audience is international students at doctoral or master’s level.
Head of course: Professor Elvira Brattico (Director), Assistant Professor Bjørn Petersen, Assistant Professor Boris Kleber.
Instructors: Professor David Huron (Ohio State University), Professor Robert Zatorre (McGill University, Canada), Professor Virginia Penhune (Concordia University, Canada), Professor Isabelle Peretz (University of Montreal, Canada), Dr. Boris Kleber (Aarhus University), Prof. Simone Dalla Bella (McGill University), Senior Lecturer Maria Herrojo Ruiz (Goldsmiths, University of London), Professor Morten Kringelbach (Aarhus University/University of Oxford).
Instructors for afternoon:
Dr Kira Jespersen, Dr. Cecilie Møller, Dr. Jan Stupacher, Dr. Massimo Lumaca, Dr. Ole Heggli, Dr. Alexandre Celma Miralles, Dr Niels Haumann, Leonardo Bonetti, Dr. Henrique Fernandes, Dr. Angus Stevner, Dr. Patricia Alves Da Mota.
Number of participants: 60
Time and date: Monday 15 – Thursday 18, June 2020 from approx. 8-18.30 every day.
Venue: Royal Academy of Music Aarhus (RAMA), Skovgaardsgade 2 C, 8000 Aarhus C and MindLab laboratories. Aarhus University Hospital, Palle Juul-Jensens Boulevard 165, 8200 Aarhus N.
Course fee: DKK 3960
Participation in the course is without cost for:
Application deadline: 18 May 2020