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Music and the Brain: Depression and Creativity Symposium

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Kay Redfield Jamison, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center at the Johns
Hopkins University School of Medicine, convened a discussion of the
effects of depression on creativity. Joining Jamison were two
distinguished colleagues from the fields of neurology and
neuropsychiatry, Dr. Terence Ketter and Dr. Peter Whybrow. The Music and the Brain series is co-sponsored by the Library's Music Division and
Science, Technology and Business Division, in cooperation with the Dana
Foundation.

The "Depression and Creativity" symposium marks the  bicentennial of the birth of German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), who died after a severe depression following the death of
his sister, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, also a gifted composer.

One
of the nation's most influential writers on creativity and the mind, Kay Redfield Jamison is a noted authority on bipolar disorder. She is the co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness
and author of "Touched with Fire," "An Unquiet Mind," "Night Falls Fast"
and "Exuberance: The Vital Emotion."

Dr. Terence Ketter is known for extensive clinical work with exceptionally creative individuals and a strong interest in the relationship of creativity and madness. He is
professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Bipolar
Disorders Clinic at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr.  Peter Whybrow, an authority on depression and manic-depressive disease, is director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is also the
Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and executive chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
 
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