N@N – Andy Bulloch: Music and the Brain: Fostering Mental Wellness

N@N – Andy Bulloch: Music and the Brain: Fostering Mental Wellness

March 9, 2023 12:00 pm

Event Details

Dr. Bulloch’s talk will review the multiple roles that music plays in social cohesion, mental health and mental illness. He will discuss the roles that music can play across the lifespan from before birth to old age.

The evolution of music will also be discussed, as well as its relationship to the evolution of language. Types and applications of music therapy will also be covered.

Attributes of music will be illustrated with short segments of examples drawn from a number of genres. Join us for an immersive Nickle at Noon experience learning about the science behind the power of music!

Dr Bulloch’s presentation also highlights the value of music in applied research. His talk will be of interest to a wide range of audiences including artists, musicians, scientists, health professionals and sociologists.



Andrew Bulloch is a founding member of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary. His current research interests are in psychiatric epidemiology and he is researching the risk factors for major depression and bipolar disorder, including substance abuse

Dr Bulloch has been a faculty member of the University of Calgary since 1982 and much of his research involves analysis of data from health surveys by Statistics Canada. His teaching interests are in mental disorders and their biopsychosocial causes, and in the history of neuroscience, psychiatry and music.

As a trained musician with a strong interest in mental health he is involved in a number of initiatives concerning the application and effectiveness of music therapy in the treatment of mental disorders.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of North Wales. He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Washington and at the University of Iowa.

Dr. Andy Bulloch