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Music and the Mind


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How does music affect our minds? British neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield and musician Sui Zhen explore the intersection of music and the human mind.


‘The human experience of music appears to transcend the sound itself’ – Susan Greenfield

From unconscious toe-tapping to the translation of feelings into symphonies, the capacity to create and respond to music is one of the defining features of the human brain.

Offering a fascinating confluence, this Spring Fling event brings together Baroness Susan Greenfield – one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and bestselling author of The Human Brain: A Guided Tour – and experimental pop and performance artist Sui Zhen.

Together with our host, Late Bloomer author Clem Bastow, they will explore how our brains interact with music, and what this might mean for the future of science and musicality.

The evening will also include a powerful musical performance by Sui Zhen.

The bookseller for this event is Readings.

This event will be photographed and recorded for use by the Wheeler Centre.

This event is presented in partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.


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Accessible toilets available

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About Spring Fling

Celebrating our return to the stage and the rejuvenation of the arts and culture communities, Spring Fling is a short series of big ideas offering a delectable picnic spread of events with leading thinkers, writers and creators from Australia and abroad.

Spring Fling is supported by the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a Victorian Government and City of Melbourne partnership.

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Susan Greenfield

Baroness Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Neuro-Bio Ltd ( is a neuroscientist, writer and broadcaster. She has published over 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, based mainly at Oxford University but has held research fellowships at the College de France Paris, NYU Medical Center N... Read more

Sui Zhen

Throughout Melbourne-based artist Sui Zhen’s discography and performances, the experimental pop and performance artist has zoomed in on the intersections between human life and technology – how to exist in the digital age, as well as the ways in which we risk losing true sight of ourselves i... Read more

Clem Bastow

Clem Bastow’s debut nonfiction book Late Bloomer was published in July 2021. Her writing appears regularly in The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Big Issue. She co-wrote and co-presented the 2017 ABC podcast Behind The Belt, a documentary “deep di... Read more


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