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Window Into the Creative Mind

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Window Into the Creative Mind
Window Into the Creative Mind

Time & Location

Mar 20, 2024, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Houston, 6100 Main Street, MS-480, Houston, TX 77005, 6100 Main MS-550, Houston, TX 77005, USA

About the event

Experience cross-disciplinary research in action! Led by neuro-engineer Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal and composer Anthony Brandt, guests are invited to a public demonstration of their research into neural signatures created by musical improvisation. 

Pianist Chelsea de Souza, a classical and jazz musician, will wear a portable EEG cap while improvising variations on musical themes provided by the research team. The activity relayed by the EEG cap will be visualized and projected onto a screen, in real time, by Badie Khaleghian, a multimedia artist and composer.  As a result, the audience will be able to see and hear creativity and scientific research in action. 

Designed so that de Souza’s variations get progressively farther away from the original musical theme, the goal of this experiment is to observe whether there are any neural signatures of this creative behavior in a real-world setting. 

Before the musical experiment, Drs. Brandt and Contreras-Vidal will provide guests with background on the research. The event will include a question-and-answer session at the end. 

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