Your brain on music | Alan Harvey | TEDxPerth

Neuroscientist and musician Alan Harvey takes us on an interactive journey showing live on stage what music does to our brain waves, and explains how music is more than just an entertainment.

You’ve never seen music like this before…

Alan is joined by fellow neuroscientist Andrew Price and musicians from Perth Symphony Orchestra led by Bourby Webster.

Alan’s main experimental neuroscience interests are in trauma, transplantation, gene therapy and regeneration, his research primarily focused on understanding the growth of circuits in the visual system and spinal cord, and how best to protect and repair these circuits after injury.

He is passionate about music, and over the past half-century he has performed in choirs, as a solo artist and in various folk and rock bands.

In 2017, his book “Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of Souls” was published by Oxford University Press, bringing together his musical and neuroscientific interests, exploring music throughout human evolution and emphasising its importance for human welfare.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at