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5Hz Labs: Beyond the Word

Sunday 16 November 2014, 13:00 to 16:00

This lab will explore the potential of the voice to communicate emotional states.

11am - 12.30pm   Language Evolution Workshop

2pm - 5pm   5Hz Lab: Beyond The Word

This lab will explore the brain mechanisms that underlie perception of the human voice, plus a practical showing how to use the voice to its fullest potential. 

Guest speakers include scientists Andriy Myachikov (Northumbria University) and Maria Chait (UCL), and author and voice therapist Christina Shewell.

Andriy Myachikov: Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Northumbria University. His main line of research investigates how speakers integrate visual and linguistic information during sentence production. .

Maria Chait: Reader in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL. Her research particularly focuses on our perception of sounds as auditory objects.

Christina Shewell has worked for many years as speech and language therapist, theatre and film voice teacher and business communications skills coach, and was formerly a senior lecturer at UCL. Her book, ‘Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices’ (2009) discusses in singing and spoken voice coaching and voice pathology.

This event will be preceded by a language evolution workshop led by Laurence White and Emma Smith in the morning.


Language Evolution Workshop

Join us to help evolve a new language. These sessions can be booked separately or in addition to the afternoon lab events.

This lab is part of 5Hz - a collaborative project by artist Emma Smith, psychologist and phonetician Laurence White, cognitive neuroscientist and psycholinguist Nina Kazanina and musicologist Emma Hornby.

The project will imagine an evolution of voice for the purpose of social bonding, based on biomedical and psychological research into vocal rhythm. 

Supported by the Wellcome Trust, 5Hz involves a one-year participatory research process, leading to public workshops and events in autumn 2014 and an exhibition at Arnolfini in March 2015.


To secure your place please call Box Office to book: 0117 9172 300

You are also welcome to drop in on the day without booking.

Artist Emma Smith is working with; Dr Nina Kazanina, Senior Lecturer in Psychology of Language at the School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol, Dr Laurence White, a lecturer in the School of Psychology at Plymouth University, and Dr Emma Hornby, a Reader in Music at the University of Bristol, to make 5Hz. 

5Hz is produced by Arnolfini in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Plymouth University and with the support of the Wellcome Trust. The 5Hz events programme is also supported by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2014.

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