Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Music and the Brain. How and why does Music affect us?

Music is one of man’s oldest cultural attainments. In Tübingen in particular one is specially aware of that, for it was a team from the University that discovered the earliest known musical instruments: 35,000- year-old bone flutes, found at Geißenklösterle in the Swabian Alps. So it is possible to say that music has always had a special cultural value ever since the dawn of man. E.T.A. Hoffmann put this wonderfully when he stated that the “spirit realm of sound” is connected to the "inexpressable". Yet beyond this music can be regarded as a phenomenon that comes into the realm of physiology and therefore of biology. How does music have an effect, and why does it do so in the way that it does? That is the main question of the 2013 CIN Dialogues. The topic will be discussed by a panel featuring Prof. Dr. Eckart Altenmüller (Hannover), a neuropsychologist, physician and musician, and the composer Prof. Dr. Luca Lombardi (Tel Aviv/Rome), moderated by science journalist Christoph Drösser (Die ZEIT). Alongside the discussion Prof. Altenmüller will perform two pieces by Prof. Lombardi trying to make the "inexpressable" audible.

The evening program will be accompanied by a one day workshop at the Forum Scientiarum, hosted by Prof. Dr. Thomas Schipperges from the musicology department of the University of Tübingen, in which Prof. Altenmüller, Prof. Lombardi, Christoph Drösser and Prof. Dr. Maria Spychiger (Frankfurt/Main) will work on the subject with students of all faculties.