Healing Powers of Music: Rhythm and the Brain

Written by Rory Burbeck | January 16, 2014

SXSW 2014 Music Speakers Adam Gazzaley and Mickey Hart

“This is about breaking the rhythm code,” said Mickey Hart during his and Dr. Adam Gazzaley’s talk in New Orleans in September 2012. The Rhythm and the Brain audio/visual session at the SXSW 2014 Music Conference will demonstrate how these two are trying to break that code and why it could be beneficial to health care.

Mickey Hart, former drummer for the Grateful Dead, has teamed up with Dr. Adam Gazzaley, professor and founder of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at UC San Francisco, to study the impact that rhythm and music has on the brain and nervous system. The goal of this study is to find rhythmic patterns in music that could be used as medicine for people who suffer from neurological diseases like alzheimer's. The pair will be demonstrating their audio/visual study live at the SXSW Music Conference.

Join Mickey Hart and Adam Gazzaley for the Rhythm and the Brain session at SXSW Music for a visual demonstration of Mickey’s brain rhythms. During the session, you’ll see Mickey Hart’s brain waves transform in real-time during a live percussion performance from Hart himself. The session is scheduled for Thursday, March 13th, in Room 16AB of the Austin Convention Center. Click here for more information.

Photo courtesy of Adam Gazzaley