Language and music in humans and animals

Research shows that humans and animals are emotionally "tuned". Differences and similarities point to the importance of these mental activities on abilities and possibilities of individuals. New approaches in the study of animal languages revealed that it is more productive to start from "singing" rather than "speaking".
In humans, Eckart Altenmüller found significant differences in a comparative study of the brains of pianists who started playing early, those of pianists who started later, and those of non-musicians: among other things, those for emotions, movement automation, hand control, and for analyzing melodies are developed differently. Surprisingly, some of these regions are smaller in the brains of musicians, especially those who started in early childhood. This leads to the interpretation that people who start making music later need larger neural networks for the same level of ability.

Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller is a physician, musician and researcher in the field of neurophysiology and neuropsychology of musicians.

In the context of the International Science Festival - Geist Heidelberg

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Date: 15.11.2022

Time: 20:00


Eckart Altenmüller

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Geist Heidelberg Lecture

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