18 episodes

Cadence is a podcast about music: how it affects your brain, your life, and the community in which you live. Join our host, cognitive neuroscientist and classically trained opera singer Indre Viskontas while we talk to scientists, musicians, musicologists, and composers to find answers to some of the biggest questions still surrounding the intersection of music and science. How much can we learn about the mind with music as the lens?

Cadence Cadence

    • Society & Culture

Cadence is a podcast about music: how it affects your brain, your life, and the community in which you live. Join our host, cognitive neuroscientist and classically trained opera singer Indre Viskontas while we talk to scientists, musicians, musicologists, and composers to find answers to some of the biggest questions still surrounding the intersection of music and science. How much can we learn about the mind with music as the lens?

    S02 Episode 08: Music to Remember

    S02 Episode 08: Music to Remember

    In this final episode of season 2, we look at the dramatic effects music can have on patients with dementia—in some cases, it can bring back people who seem to be almost completely lost.

    • 41 min
    S02 Episode 07: Putting Music in the Hands of Sick Kids

    S02 Episode 07: Putting Music in the Hands of Sick Kids

    Watching someone suffer through a serious illness is heartbreaking—especially if it’s a child, and even more if it affects their ability to communicate. Can music empower such people by giving them a way to express themselves during moments when they may not be otherwise capable? MyMusicRx, a unique program that puts control into the hands of the kids, is attempting to do just that.

    • 32 min
    S02 Episode 06: The Case of the Autistic Savant: Unleashing Extraordinary Musical Ability

    S02 Episode 06: The Case of the Autistic Savant: Unleashing Extraordinary Musical Ability

    In this episode, we meet Tony Deblois, an individual with autism who is also blind. Tony can play 23 instruments, has toured all over the world, and has accompanied musical theater productions—all without out ever opening a score. How does he do it? Where does this prodigious talent come from? And what can we learn about ourselves from Tony’s story?

    • 43 min
    S02 Episode 05: Music in the Most Extreme Situations

    S02 Episode 05: Music in the Most Extreme Situations

    This episode was partly taped live during Indre’s faculty artist recital at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It explores how music can be used to comfort, heal, and reduce conflict under the most extreme circumstances. But it’s also not always welcome.

    • 58 min
    S02 Episode 04: Rewiring Your Brain to Speak, with Music

    S02 Episode 04: Rewiring Your Brain to Speak, with Music

    In this episode we meet Terry. After a devastating car accident he was left with profound damage to his brain’s left hemisphere, significantly impairing his ability to speak. We learn about how—with music—Terry is rewiring his brain and regaining speech.

    • 42 min
    S02 Episode 03: Writing Songs to Learn English

    S02 Episode 03: Writing Songs to Learn English

    In this episode, we meet Sandra C., a guest at a sanctuary called Rosie's Place for poor and homeless women in Boston. At Rosie's Place, guests are treated with dignity and respect, and given access to resources designed to improve their lives. One of these resources is an English language class done in partnership with the music therapy program at the Berklee College of Music in which music is part of the core curriculum.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

Oceanjaws ,

Wonderfully insightful

I am a musician and a music teacher.
I also have a love for psychology, neuroscience and philosophy. This podcast is pushing ALL MY BUTTONS!
Thank you for this wonderful show!

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