The world-first Music, Mind & Wellbeing initiative (MMW) links neuroscience with music and social wellbeing through a unique set of collaborations spanning music, science, health, education, and industry.
Our Vision is to foster participation in music across the lifespan, so that the benefits of music can be shared by all.
Music engages our emotions, imagination, and intelligence in creative endeavours that promote personal wellbeing and social cohesion. As shown in the image below, we draw on a breadth of interdisciplinary expertise to generate new knowledge about music and its potential to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
Singing helps calm both the baby and the parent, experts say, and creates a bedtime ritual to signal a transition from the day’s activities.News
Professor Sarah Wilson was interviewed by Val McFarlane for Pursuit on congenital amusia for a story titled Tone Deaf? Why you can still hit the right notes.PURSUIT
ABC's Catalyst aired their episode, It's a Twin Thing, on October 31, 2017. MMW's Professor Sarah Wilson and Yi Ting Tan discussed how the findings from their twin study suggest that there may be an underlying genetic basis to musical ability.ABC's Catalyst
Show me the data: Sifting pseudoscience from the real thing
In a world with a bewildering mix of fact and fiction, and in which social and mainstream media only add to the confusion, how do we separate out false or dubious claims from the well-founded and evidence-based?News
Positive Psychology: Much more than 'Happyology'
A positive mental and physical trajectory over our lifespan is the key to health and wellbeing, says Dr Peggy KernNews
We welcome your engagement with Music, Mind and Wellbeing (MMW). MMW hosts free Public Lectures in the benefits of music for mind and wellbeing, as well as co-hosting seminars in association with the Australian Music and Psychology Society and the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Music on the Mind series.
The Music on the Mind series features eminent minds and musicians discussing the relationship between music and the human brain and the related links to social wellbeing, participation, learning and development and the role of music in our contemporary communities.
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The Bionic Ear Institute and the Florey Neurosciences Institutes and Centre for Neural Engineering comprise internationally leading researchers in auditory and cognitive neuroscience. A/Profs Neil McLachlan and Sarah Wilson will work closely with these bodies to ensure a rapid transfer of ideas and techniques that will advance the fundamental science associated with auditory neuroscience and music. For example, the Bionic Ear Institute has a program for investigating music perception in people with impaired hearing and cochlear implants, and the National Aging Research Institute has been studying the use of music in mitigating dementia.
- Australian Music and Psychology Society
- Australian Music Association
- Australian National Academy of Music
- Bionic Ear Institute
- CeleBRation Choir (Centre for Brain Research)
- Center for Neural Engineering
- Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine
- MARCS Auditory Laboratories
- Melbourne Neuroscience Institute
- Melbourne Recital Centre
- Music Cognition U
The founding members of MMW are all leading researchers in (i) brain mechanisms involved in listening to and engaging in music, (ii) social factors involved in music learning and participation, (iii) the therapeutic application of music for health and wellbeing, and (iv) advanced music theory and technology.