Course Schedule


November 2-3, 2018

UCLA Luskin Conference Center

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Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Time Event Speaker
8:30 AM Breakfast Plenary:
Personal Crises and National Crises: How are They Similar?
Jared Diamond, PhD
Session 1: Writing, Language, and the Brain
9:45 AM Creating a New Language David Peterson, MA
10:10 AM Creating the Mind of a Character Joe Ide
10:35 AM BREAK
10:55 AM Writing about Trauma as Both Catharsis and Art Gayle Brandeis, MFA
11:20 AM The Neuroscience of Writing and Language John Stern, MD
11:45 AM Panel Discussion
12:15 PM Luncheon Plenary:
Your Brain on Music
Daniel Levitin, PhD, MSc
Session 2: The Neuroaesthetics of Music
1:45 PM Sing What You Feel Ledisi
2:10 PM Approaches to Intercultural Improvisation Steven Loza, PhD, MA
2:35 PM The One Genre I Think About Is Feel Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
3:25 PM BREAK
3:50 PM Neural and Cognitive Substrates of Musical Aesthetics Psyche Loui, PhD
4:15 PM Panel Discussion
5:00 PM Adjourn
5:00-7:00 PM Evening Reception (Luskin Center Courtyard)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

8:30 AM Breakfast Plenary:
Healing the Mind: Writing Takes the Ache Away
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
Session 3: Is There a Connection Between Mental Illness and Creativity?
9:45 AM Music, Mental Health, and Marginalized Communities Vijay Gupta, MM
10:10 AM Personal Voyages Suzanne Hudson, PhD
10:30 AM BREAK
10:50 AM Depicting Psychosis in Art Kenneth Wells, MD, MPH
11:10 AM Mental Illness and Creativity: A Neuroscience Perspective Tiffany Greenwood, PhD
11:30 AM Panel Discussion
12:00 PM Luncheon Plenary:
The Biology of Creativity
Antonio Damasio
Session 4: What is Genius?
1:30 PM Understanding Mental Illness Elyn Saks, JD, PhD
2:00 PM knots + surfaces Diana Thater, MFA
2:30 PM BREAK
2:45 PM Mood Disorders and Creativity Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD
3:15 PM The Neuroscience of Intelligence Richard Haier, PhD
3:45 PM Panel Discussion
4:45 PM Conference Adjourns