SSA is hosting Indre Viskontas. "Stories on the Brain," Tomorrow, Tues, 730pm,, SC Soc Sci II 075 at UCSC.
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This event is hosted by the Secular Student Alliance at UC Santa Cruz and is free to the public. Funding provided by the Secular Student Alliance and the UCSC Provost fund.
In this talk, Indre explains why we find stories so compelling, using neuroscience to decipher this ubiquitous human obsession.
Dr. Indre Viskontas is a scientist and artist, highly proficient in neuroscience and music. She has published more than 35 original research papers and book chapters on the neural basis of memory and creativity. As a musician, she curates, performs and commissions vocal music as the leader of two ensembles: Opera on Tap - San Francisco, which brings opera to a wider audience in informal settings, and Vocallective (www.vocallective.com), a collective of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the art of vocal chamber music. Her talent for bringing complex scientific topics to a broad audience garnered her international recognition as the scientific co-host of a 6-hr docuseries called Miracle Detectives that aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Dr. Viskontas is affiliated with the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF where she studies creativity in patients with dementia and is a collegiate professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she teaches musicians how to apply the tenets of neuroscience to develop effective practice strategies. She is an editor of the journal Neurocase and a sought-after public speaker. She is also one of the hosts of the popular science and critical thinking podcast Point of Inquiry. Her ongoing collaborations include a project with internationally-acclaimed installation artist Deborah Aschheim highlighting the interplay between memory, creativity and the brain, and a graphic novel about the brain with cartoonist and cultural critic M.G. Lord.
For more info on Indre and her work, visit www.indreviskontas.com.