Get to know your brain and what music and pleasure do to it at May Science on Tap talks

Your belly craves beer, but your mind craves knowledge — of the scientific persuasion. Where, or where, can you feed both in Portland?

At the May (2017) editions of Science on Tap, the ongoing science lecture series presented by Via Productions at area theater venues.

First up on May 2 is a dive into the melodic: “Every Brain Needs Music: The Neuroscience of Composition, Interpretation and Performance.”

Learn about the origins of music, how practicing music might enhance brain development and limit the effects of aging and injury, and what happens to our brains when we create music.

The talk, presented by Oregon Health and Science University neuroscientist Larry Sherman, will begin at 7 p.m. in Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Cost is $8 to $13.

Later, on May 22, check out “The Neuroscience of Pleasure and Love.”

The speaker again will be OHSU’s Sherman, who will cover the brain chemistry of love, pleasure and addiction; how the brain sorts out pleasure from discomfort; and how neurochemistry around the things and people we love can impact our behavior.

This talk also will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Venue will be Artists Repertory Theater, 1516 S.W. Alder St. Cost is $8 to $10.

At both events, beer, wine and various food items will be available for purchase.

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science





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