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In this program, neuroscience meets jazz, mindfulness, and improv

Posted Dec 18 2011 12:00am

Click to watch " The Present Moment: Explorations from Music and Neuroscience " presented on PortalWisconsin.org. Early in the program, Professor Richard Davidson (or Richie as he is known by friends and colleagues) flashes on the screen this quote, one I deeply appreciate:

And the faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence. But it is easier to define this ideal than to give practical directions for bringing it about. William James, The Principles of Psychology, 1890.

The program is described at the Web site :

Richard Davidson, the Director of the Lab for Affective Neuroscience at UW-Madison, and Ben Sidran, a renowned musician and author, explore the relationship between the brain and music. Their lecture and discussion includes a jazz performance, featuring Sidran, his son Leo, and Billy Peterson. Steve Paulson from Wisconsin Public Radio moderates.

The program was originally broadcast on Wisconsin Public Television's University Place. Watch University Place--a virtual lecture hall with presentations on science, economics, environment, conservation, public education, health, art, culture and more--on WPT's Wisconsin Channel. Visit wpt.org for more information.

Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.


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