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Alan Harvey

Alan Harvey

Alan Harvey is Winthrop Professor of Neuroscience at the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, University of Western Australia. He was born in London, UK. He has BA and MA from the University of Cambridge, PhD in visual neurophysiology from the Australian National University, Canberra. After time in the USA and at Flinders University in Adelaide, Alan Harvey came to UWA in 1984 and was promoted to Professor in 2001. As well as his active research in a broad range of topics including methods of repairing the central nervous system and caring for Alzheimer's disease, he has an interest in the evolution and neuroscience of music and is beginning to publish in that field (UWA staff profile accessed March 2014).

Links Between the Neurobiology of Oxytocin and Human Musicality

Many characteristics of the
biology of the hormone oxytocin mirror the diverse effects that music has on human cognition and emotion, providing a link to the important role music has played throughout human evolutionary history and helping to explain why music remains a special prosocial human asset.

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Does Rock Music Rouse the Animal Within?

The Sound of Primal Distress Calls? There’s no doubt rock music evokes excitement, but is there more to that excitement than guitar solos and head banging? Writing in the Telegraph recently, science correspondent Nick Collins remarked: “Rock music … excites

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Evolution: Please Don’t Stop the Music

How Did Music Evolve into a Universal Force? Music and Brain Structure The Role of Music Therapy Author How Did Music Evolve into a Universal Force? It is generally agreed that all human cultures and social groups that we know

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Music and Human Evolution

How Music Fills the Brain Theories on the Origin of Music and Language Developing the Genetic Evidence Musicality and Language Music and Changes in Brain Activity Demonstrating the Benefits of Music Music in the School Curriculum Author References Acknowledgements How

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Musical Instrument and Equipment Supply

Instrument Supply Supply of High-End String Instruments Supply of Student Instruments Local manufacture of instruments Hand-Crafted Instruments Locally Designed or Made Digital Music Equipment and Software Possible Issues Availability of Fine Orchestral String Instruments for our Best Players Supply of

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