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Neurocareers: Doing The Impossible!

Jul 10, 2022

Are you interested in bridging the disciplines and connecting things that are not related at first glance? How about establishing the link between philosophy and music or music and neuroscience? Some scientists help us understand how everything is connected in this beautiful world we live in! Meet and greet our next Neurocareers podcast guest Prof. Elvira Brattico from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Bari Aldo Moro in Italy, to hear about her journey from Philosophy graduate to the world-respected expert on Neuroscience of Music! Prof. Brattico shares her advice on how to succeed for people with mixed educational backgrounds and how to persevere and achieve goals. You will also learn about the exciting applications of music research in education and treatments of various conditions, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Stay tuned!

During this episode, you will learn about:

[00:00] Episode intro and a quick bio of today’s guest

[01:00] Meet Prof. Elvira Brattico and learn a bit about where she’s joining us from

[03:49] From philosophy to neuroscience. How it all happened

[11:56] Challenges Prof Brattico faced in her journey and the steps he took to overcome them

[18:52] Approaches and perspectives Prof Brattico has used to answer the question of the effect of music on the human brain

[28:51] The most unexpected finding that surprised Prof Brattico in her research

[36:09] Prof Brattico's advice to researchers who hesitate to publish their works for fear of any kind

[39:38] Some of the practical applications of your research findings

[46:07] What makes Prof Brattico keep pushing her research projects despite the many difficulties

[47:46] How the future of neuroscience music looks like

[49:48] Prof Brattico's practices for rest to develop a life-work balance

[53:20] Secrets to making an impossible goal possible in neuroscience

[57:04] How you can reach out, connect and know more about Prof Brattico’s research projects

[59:22] Episode wrap-up and calls to action

Notable Quotes

  • Always choose a career based on your passion.
  • Never fear to research and publish your ideas. If you won’t, somebody else will do it, and it will no longer be your brainchild.
  • From a career standpoint, the strongest motivations come from healthy collaborations.
  • When you are doing something, and other people say it’s impossible, smile, thank them and continue grinding.
  • Persistence and perseverance are the secrets to success.

About the Podcast Guest

To learn more about Music in the Brain, visit the Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University in Denmark:

Find information about the projects and studies about Music in the Brain here:

Learn about Prof. Elvira Brattico's research - visit her web page at:

To get in touch with Prof. Brattico, contact her at:

About the Podcast and Its Host

The podcast is brought to you by The Institute of Neuroapproaches and its founder - Milena Korostenskaja, PhD - a neuroscience educator, neuroscience research consultant, and career coach for people in neuroscience and neurotechnologies:

Get in touch with Dr. K. at