“A brain scan may reveal the neural signs of depression, but a Beethoven symphony reveals what that depression feels like. Both perspectives are necessary if we are to fully grasp the nature of mind, yet they are rarely brought together”
Eric Kandel, In Search of Memory (2006)
‘Melancholia and the Brain’ is a collaborative, interdisciplinary project that sets out to investigate and illuminate the lived experience of depression through the intersection of Neuroscience, Arts and the Humanities. We are inviting audiences to participate in this conversation with us through a series of public events.
The inaugural event invites artists, performers, scientists, critical thinkers and people with a lived experience of depression to explore pathways that include and involve the brain in our current understandings of depression. They are interested in exploring creative ideas that invite collaboration between artists, scientists and people with a lived experience of depression to generate new perspectives about depression in the public realm.
Event Contributors include:
Professor Veronica O’Keane, Professor in Psychiatry, TCD.
Professor Mary Cosgrove, Professor in German, TCD.
BethAnne Linstra, writer, performer; expert by experience.
Dr. Tony Bates, clinical psychologist, adjunct professor of Psychology (UCD) and founder of Jigsaw, the National Centre for Youth Mental Health.