Indre Viskontas at SXSW 2017

Indre Viskontas at SXSW 2017

We are proud to announce that Indre Viskontas will be on our SXSW panel titled Music As Medicine: Therapeutic Benefits of Music on Monday March 13th at 3:30.


Combining a love of music with scientific curiosity, Dr. Indre Viskontas is a Professor of Sciences and Humanities at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she is pioneering the application of neuroscience to musical training, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of San Francisco where she teaches Biological Psychology, Learning and Memory and Myths and Mysteries of the Brain. She is also the Creative Director of Pasadena Opera, Director of the chamber music group Vocallective and host of two podcasts: Cadence, on music and the mind and Inquiring Minds, where science and society collide. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and French Literature at Trinity College in the University of Toronto, her Masters of Music degree in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, Los Angeles.

A passionate communicator, Dr. Viskontas made her television debut as a co-host of Miracle Detectives, a six hour-long episode documentary series that aired on The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and several major radio stations across the US. She was a featured host of the podcast Point of Inquiry, from 2012-2013, and currently co-hosts the popular science podcast Inquiring Minds, produced in partnership with The Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration with The Atlantic, Center for Investigative Reporting, The Guardian, Grist, Mother Jones, Slate, Huffington Post and Wired. She is a sought-after public speaker and an Editor of the journal Neurocase. Her 24-lecture course called Essential Scientific Concepts was released by The Great Courses as both a series of videos on DVD and audio lectures on CD, as well as streaming online in March of 2014. Her next course,Brain Myths Exploded, will be released in early 2017.


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Peer-Reviewed Publicatons

Viskontas, I.V., Knowlton, B.J., & Fried, I. (2016) Responses of Neurons in the Medial Temporal Lobe During Encoding and Recognition of Face-Scene Pairs.Neuropsychologia.

Marlow, C. A., Viskontas, I. V., Matlin, A., Boydston, C., Boxer, A., & Taylor, R. P. (2015). Temporal Structure of Human Gaze Dynamics Is Invariant During Free Viewing. PloS one10(9), e0139379.

Kapur, N., Cole, J., Manly, T., Viskontas, I.V., Ninteman, A., Hasher, L., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2013) Positive Clinical Neuroscience – Explorations in Positive Neurology.The Neuroscientist, 31 pages.

Howard, M.W, Viskontas, I.V., Shankar, K.H., & Fried, I. (2012) Ensembles of human MTL neurons ‘jump back in time’ in response to a repeated stimulus. Hippocampus,22(9): 1833-47.

Viskontas, I.V., Boxer, A.L., Fesenko, J., Matlin, A., Heuer, H.W., Mirsky, J., & Miller, B.L. (2011) Visual search patterns in semantic dementia show paradoxical facilitation of binding processes. Neuropsychologia, 49(3): 468-78.

Miller, B.L., & Viskontas, I.V. (2011) Introduction: elucidating the neural basis of the self.Neurocase, 17(3): 189.

Mirsky, J.B., Heuer, H.W., Jafari, A., Kramer, J.H., Schenk, A.K., Viskontas, I.V., Miller, B.L., & Boxer, A.L. (2011) Anti-saccade performance predicts executive function and brain structure in normal elders. Cognitive Behavior and Neurology, 24(2): 50-8.

Greenberg, D. L., Ogar, J. M., Viskontas, I.V., Gorno Tempini, M.L., Miller, B., & Knowlton, B.J. (2010) Multimodal cuing of autobiographical memory in semantic dementia. Neuropsychology, 25(1): 98-104.

Viskontas, I.V., Quiroga, R.Q., & Fried, I. (2009) Human medial temporal lobe neurons respond preferentially to personally relevant images, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106(50):21329-34.

Viskontas, I.V., Carr V.A., Engel S.A., & Knowlton B.J. (2009) The neural correlates of recollection: hippocampal activation declines as episodic memory fades.Hippocampus,19(3):265-72.

Viskontas, I.V., Carr, V.A., Engel, S.A., & Knowlton, B.J. (2009) Neural Activity in the Hippocampus and Perirhinal Cortex during Encoding Is Associated with the Durability of Episodic Memory. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(11): 2652-62.
Viskontas, I.V., Papatriantyfallou, J., Papageorgiou, S., Miller, B.L., Pavlic, D., Bingol, A., & Yener, G. (2009) Difficulties in detecting behavioral symptoms of frontotemporal lobar degeneration across cultures. Alzheimer’s Disease and Associated Disorders,23(1):77-81.

Viskontas, I.V. (2008) Advances in memory research: single-neuron recordings from the human medial temporal lobe aid our understanding of declarative memory. Current Opinion in Neurology, 21(6):662-8.

Krawczyk, D.C, Morrison, R.G., Viskontas, I.V., Holyoak, K.J., Chow, T.W., Mendez, M.F., Miller, B.L., & Knowlton, B.J. (2008) Distraction during relational reasoning: The role of prefrontal cortex in interference control. Neuropsychologia, 46: 2020-32.

Viskontas, I. V., Possin, K. L., & Miller, B. L. (2007). Symptoms of frontotemporal dementia provide insights into orbitofrontal cortex function and social behavior. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1121: 528-49.

Carr, V., & Viskontas, I.V. (2007) A unique role for the hippocampus in recollecting the past and remembering the future. Brain and Behavioral Sciences, 30(3): 319-320.

Ekstrom, A.D., Viskontas, I.V., Kahana, M.J., Jacobs, J., Upchurch, K., Bookheimer, S. and Fried, I. (2007) Contrasting roles of neural firing and local field potentials in human memory. Hippocampus, 17(8): 606-17.