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Eric Barnhill on Cognition, Movement, and Music

Radio Interview: 17 April 2013

I interviewed Eric Barnhill on "Cognition, Movement, and Music" on 17 April 2013. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.

How does cognition connect to physical movement, tone, and rhythm? Can moving to music help the development of cognitive skills and capacities, particularly in children?

Eric Barnhill is a Juilliard-trained concert pianist and the creator of Cognitive Eurhythmics music movement therapy. He is pursuing a Ph.D in medical physics at the University of Edinburgh, where he studies brain-muscle interaction using magnetic resonance physics.

Tags: Children, Education, Epistemology, Mind, Mind-Body Connection, Music, Parenting


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About the Podcast

The topics covered in this episode were:
  • Eric's background as a classical pianist
  • Starting with movement therapy: the "Feldenkrais Method"
  • Moving to the Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Discoveries about music and movement
  • Teaching children about music and movement
  • On learning and music
  • Activities at home and in the classroom
  • Adults using these techniques
  • Training horses and communicating with others
  • Teaching developmentally disabled kids
  • The problem with behavioral therapy
  • Teaching well-off versus poor kids
  • Noisy environments
  • Eric's plans in graduate school and beyond

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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.

From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.

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