Sentences, texts and music are different types of input to the brain which have in common that they all have an internal structure (a “syntax”), spanning a number of levels of abstractions, from morphemes/tones, via sentences / harmonies to narratives and musical pieces. The Music and Language in the Brain conference will therefore address the following topics, central to current mind-brain debates:
- To what extent do computations performed to process language (or music) rely on specific linguistic (or musical) processes or on general cognitive principles?
- What are the structural parallels and differences between musical input and linguistic input?
- Are there conceptual and cortical overlaps between musical input and linguistic input?
- How do theories of language, music and other structured symbol systems map onto brain architecture?
- Robert J. Zatorre (McGill, Montreal)
- David Pesetsky (MIT, Cambridge MA)
- Sonja Kotz (Max Planck Institute, Leipzig)
- Stefan Koelsch (Freie Universität Berlin)
- Douglas Saddy (CINN, Reading)
- Morten Kringelbach (University of Oxford)
- Peter Vuust (Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus)
- Mikkel Wallentin (MINDLab, Aarhus)
- Ken Ramshøj Christensen (MINDLab, Aarhus)
See program for more details