Laura Ferreri (Université Lumière Lyon 2) on “Musical pleasure: neurobiological bases and cognitive implications”

March 2022, Monday 21st, 10:00am to 12:00am

Venue: Institut Jean Nicod, Salle de réunion, 29 rue d’Ulm, 75005 Paris (you can enter also from 24 rue Lhomond)

Abstract: Music represents one of the most pleasurable stimuli throughout our lives. Recent research has shown that musical pleasurable responses rely on the activity of the mesolimbic system, with a main role played by dopaminergic transmission. The knowledge gained from basic science research about music and the reward system is now beginning to be applied to questions of memory and mood enhancement that can eventually lead to exciting new avenues for clinical research. Based on behavioural and neuropharmacological studies, this talk aims to explore and discuss the hypothesis that musical reward (and its enhancement) might drive improvements in both affective responses and higher cognitive functions, and more specifically memory.

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