Brain correlates of music-evoked emotions: implications for music therapy
The therapeutic effects of music are substantially grounded in music's power to evoke strong emotions and influence moods. Functional neuroimaging studies on music and emotion show that music can modulate activity in brain structures that are known to be crucially involved in emotion, such as the amygdala, nucleus accumbens, hypothalamus, hippocampus, insula, cingulate cortex and orbitofrontal cortex. This talk will describe how the potential of music to modulate activity in these structures has important implications for the use of music in the treatment of a wide range of psychiatric and neurological disorders.
Stefan Koelsch studied instrumental and vocal music at the University of Arts Bremen, and then psychology as well as sociology at Leipzig University. He graduated in 1994 with an artistic degree, 1998 with a diploma in Psychology, and 2000 with a diploma in Sociology. With his thesis Brain and Music: A contribution to the investigation of central auditory processing with a new electrophysiological approach, which was compiled at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, he was awarded with a PhD (doctor rerum naturalium) at Leipzig University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School (U.S.), he founded the independent junior research group Neurocognition of Music at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig in 2003. In 2004, Stefan Koelsch was awarded the habilitation in psychology at Leipzig University.
In 2006, Stefan Koelsch was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex, where he taught and conducted research in the fields of cognitive and affective neuroscience, biological psychology and music psychology. In 2010, he was appointed as university professor of music psychology and neuroscience at the Cluster of Excellence Languages of Emotion at the Free University of Berlin. Since 2015, he has been Professor of Biological Psychology, Medical Psychology, and Music Psychology at the University of Bergen (Norway), to which he was appointed as part of the Norwegian Top Research Program (Toppforskprogrammet).