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Music in our brains - A universal human characteristic: a SIETAR Kansai event co-sponsored by Osaka JALT

Sunday, July 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

We are the only species on the planet that makes music. Moreover, all human societies make music of some kind. This is because music is hardwired into the human brain, just as language is. In this workshop we will examine what music is, and explore the ways in which our brains "hear" and respond to various kinds of music: both music that is familiar and music from other cultures. We will also look into the differences between recorded and live musical performances and discuss ways in which music is an integral part of our daily lives. One aim is that by the end of the workshop, we will all consider ourselves truly "musical" and appreciate the effects that music can have on the brain, providing numerous benefits to our overall wellbeing.

Dr. Amanda Gillis-Furutaka is a professor of English and British Culture at Kyoto Sangyo University. She became fascinated by the findings of neuroscience when she first started working on her PhD in music and has continued to explore recent discoveries about various aspects of the brain and how they can be applied to daily life. She is Program Chair of the JALT Mind Brain and Education SIG and a regular presenter and contributor to the SIG's monthly magazines called Think Tanks. To find out more about the Mind, Brain, and Education SIG, visit their website.


This event is co-sponsored with SIETAR Kansai and will be followed by a dinner party at a nearby restaurant. RSVP by Friday, July 24th, to


Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center, 3F Room 1 (10 minutes from JR Takatsuki and Hankyu Takatsuki-shi stations)

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Speaker: Amanda Gillis-Furutaka
Admission is FREE for JALT and SIETAR members and students, 500 yen for others