8 Oct 2019


VENUE: City Recital Hall

Have you noticed how music affects your mood? Explore the inextricable links between science, music and mental health in this free lunchtime presentation.


Leading Australian researchers, Dr Sandra Garrido and Professor Katherine Boydell return to City Recital Hall for another instalment of the popular series, This Sounds Like Science. In an interactive science presentation, they’ll demonstrate music’s effects on feelings, emotion, mood and mental health, illuminating our personal experiences with discussion of scientific work on the value of music for psychological well-being.

Feel free to bring your lunch into the auditorium. The Lobby Bar is stocked with light meal options, or you can BYO.

This Sounds Like Science is supported and co-curated with Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for community engagement with sciences.

Artist Biography

Sandra Garrido

Sandra Garrido is Deputy Director of Research and NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. With a background in both music and psychology, her research interests are on the influence of music on mental health both historically and in the modern day, with a particular focus on depression in adolescents and older adults with dementia. Sandra is also a violinist and pianist and has published over 40 academic publications including a book with Palgrave-Macmillan entitled Why We Are Attracted to Sad Music? (2017).

Katherine Boydell

Katherine Boydell is a Professor of Mental Health at the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales. With a background in community epidemiology and qualitative sociology, she explores the use of a wide variety of art genres in the creation and dissemination of empirical research in the mental health field. She has partnered with artists and other professionals to use documentary film, dance, digital storytelling, body mapping, found poetry and installation art in her research projects. Professor Boydell founded and chairs the Black Dog Institute Community of Practice in Arts-based Knowledge Translation, a group of 70 scholars, artists and trainees and is Director of Knowledge Translation for the Sydney Partnership in Health Education Research and Enterprise (SPHERE). She has published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters and is committed to sharing knowledge in other innovative ways.