Course: Music and the Brain

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Course title Music and the Brain
Course code KMU/HAM
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course not specified
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Stratilková Martina, Mgr. et Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Introduction into neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, mainly of the auditory system Introduction into neuropsychology - brain correlates of mental processes, history of research in the functions of brain Imaging methods of brain and their use in neuropsychology of music Clinical cases of neurological specifics, of mental disorders and of disorders connected with musical activities Cognitive neuroscience of music - brain correlates of mental processes connected with music Brain and ohter art forms

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Attendace - 26 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 38 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 25 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course acquaints students with basic problems of neuropsychology of music, which is a greatly developing interdisciplinary field dealing mainly with neuronal correlates of music activities and music specifics of persons with neurological diagnosis.
After finishing the course students will understand the processes taking place in the nervous system and connected with music by a healthy man as well as by persons with neurological specifics and disorders. Students get insight into brain operations performed when we listen to music (when we play a music instrument, sing etc.), which makes it possible to better understand music as such. Students will also be acquainted with methods of achieving new findings in this field.
The subject doesn´t require any special prerequisites, knowledges of structure and functin of human nervous system is an advantage, but the lessons will cover everything needed.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Student performance

Attendance and active participation, presentation of a review. The exam proves orientation of the student in the problems in the amount of lectured issues and obligatory literature.
Recommended literature
  • Franěk, Marek. (2005). Hudební psychologie. Praha.
  • Hass-Cohen, Noah a Carr, Richard. (2008). Art Therapy and Clinical Neuroscience . London and Philadelphia.
  • Koukolík, František. (2012). Lidský mozek. Praha.
  • Kulišťák, Petr. (2011). Neuropsychologie. Praha.
  • Peretz, Isabelle a Zatorre, Robert J. (2003). The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music . Oxford.
  • Sacks, Oliver. (2009). Musicophilia . Praha.

Study plans that include the course
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