Keynote Abstracts :Leveraging Music Cognition for Health and Well-Being

Dr. Kat Agres

Research Scientist at A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing
(Social & Cognitive Computing Department), Singapore



In this talk, Dr. Agres will present some of her recent research in the field of music cognition, as well as her current work to develop music technology for healthcare and well-being. She will focus on the cognitive mechanisms that underlie successful learning and memory, and discuss how variations in musical structure can influence both memory performance and emotional responses. Extending the discussion to clinical settings, she will provide a brief overview of music therapy interventions, reviewing how music can be an effective tool for improving various patient outcomes, such as memory in Alzheimer’s patients, the recovery of speech after stroke, and motor coordination in those with Parkinson’s disease. Building on this body of research, Dr. Agres will outline her plans to leverage findings from music cognition to create music technology systems for preventive medicine in the elderly, and for motor and cognitive rehabilitation in stroke patients.