The Power of Singing: Implications for Brain Plasticity and Recovery of Function
Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD
Director, Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory
Director, Stroke Recovery Laboratory
Chief, Division of Cerebrovascular Disorders
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Associate Professor of Neurology
Harvard Medical School
A public lecture in the Distinguished Scholars Series
Each year tens of thousands of people in the United States suffer from aphasia, a devastating complication of stroke that causes severe communication difficulties. One of the few accepted treatments for severe non-fluent aphasic patients is melodic intonation therapy, a technique inspired by the clinical observation that some severely aphasic people can sing lyrics better than they can speak the same words. Dr. Schlaug will present research on melodic intonation therapy and discuss its implications
for understanding plasticity in the human brain.
Live Webcast: http://research.vtc.vt.edu/live-webcast
A public reception will be held in the VTC Cafe at 5:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Michael J. Friedlander, PhD, Executive Director, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute