CULTIVATING CREATIVITY: MUSIC AND THE BRAIN WITH CHARLES LIMB AND INDRE VISKONTAS
Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater
Series: Conversations on Science
Charles Limb’s expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology, with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders. He specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, concentrating on acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity, as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. Dr. Charles Limb is the Francis A. Sooy Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at University of California, San Francisco. He is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery.
Indré Viskontas is a cognitive neuroscientist with UCSF and member of the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Musis. She studies how memories, creativity and other cognitive processes are supported by neural networks, implementing direct recordings from neurons in the human brain and high-resolution functional MRIs. Her groundbreaking work on the neural basis of memory and creativity has won numerous research and teaching awards. Viskontas is a classically trained soprano, performing with regional opera companies and chamber music groups in the Bay Area, and is the co-founder of Vocallective, a consortium of singers and instrumentalists dedicated to the art of vocal chamber music.