April 25-30, 2016 - Tucson   


Monday, April 25, 9 am to 1 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop




Music, consciousness and memory appear to be intimately linked. Listening to music activates not only auditory cortex, but limbic emotional circuits and other brain areas, and has been used to soothe and alter consciousness since pre-historic times. Recently music has been used in nursing homes to help patients with dementia recall memories. Indeed, many researchers believe consciousness is more closely analogous  to music than to computation. In this workshop, Alexander Graur, a professor at the University of Turin, Italy, will introduce and develop concepts linking music to consciousness and cognition. The goal is to elicit further research in music-based therapies for mental and cognitive disorders.


Prof. Dr. Alexander Graur, PhD

Post-graduate School in Health Psychology

Associate, University of Torino, Italy

Prof. Dr. Alexander Graur, PhD

Member, The New York Academy of Sciences

Editor in Chief (Europe), Journal of Biomusical Engineering, 
OMICS Medical Sciences Journals,

Invited Professor, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Timisoara, Romania

Music and Memory: research and applications

Empirically, the role of Music in the mechanics of Memory was known since the dawn of mankind. Recent research shown the validity of these ideas; the physiological and psychological aspects of Music were studied and the results applied in various degrees by music-based therapies; the results are encouraging.

This workshop aims to introduce the issue to scientists in order to elicit further research and application in therapy.

Applications in early detection and cure of Alzheimer, ADD, learning and developmental disturbs will be presented.

Music and Memory


1. Music: definitions

2. Musical Information: structure of the musical information

3. Neuroscience of Music: an introduction

4. Memory: definitions

5. Models of memory

6. Neuroscience of Memory: Basic Notions

7. Music: dynamic systems, fractals, superposition; quantum transmission of the musical information.

8. Stochastic resonance, Music and Memory

Specific Approaches:

  • Psychological

Musical Memex; Learning; Developmental disorders

  • Physiological

BMBO: transmission; re codification; distribution; feed forward; feed back

Neuro plasticity

Storage and retrieval of the information

Alzheimer Disease and music. Early Detection and Prevention test.

  • Biological

Microtubules resonance; Orch OR

Research Proposals


Workshop’s structure:

Music: definitions; Types of memory; Relationships between Music and Memory: physiological aspects; psychological aspects; Early detection and prevention of Alzheimer disease: a new test involving Music; treatment of the ADD; contribution of Music to the treatment of learning and developmental disorders; conclusions.

Disciplines of interest:  

neurology, psychiatry, pediatric, general medicine.


Optional - Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops are held:  Monday/Tuesday, April 25 - 26

Monday Morning 9-1:  Monday Afternoon 2-6

Monday Evening 7-10 and Tuesday Morning 9-1

half day and evening Workshops

Early Workshop Fees:

TSC Student Registrants                $40 half day

TSC General Registrants                $60 half day

General Public - Student - Workshop only $75 half day

General Public - Workshop only  $125 half day