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Long Now Talk with Eric Debrah Otchere

Monday, July 12, 2021

Sonic Spaces: A Psychology of Music and Work

This Long Now Foundation talk is presented in partnership with CASBS.

2020-21 CASBS fellow, Eric Debrah Otchere's research revolves around the power of music in the context of work; covering an ambitious range from ethnographic research on Ghanaian indigenous fishing culture to personalized musical preferences via modern technology.

Throughout history, the power of music to enhance productivity and focus at work has been explored, leveraged and exploited - by individuals and societies. Combining empirical data from his extensive fieldwork with a critical review of literature and theories from different areas of study, Otchere is connecting previously siloed research into a comprehensive body of knowledge on the intricate relationship between music and work.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Eric Debrah Otchere is the Head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. His areas of specialty and research interests include: Music, Health and Wellbeing, Music Preferences and Emotional Intelligence, Music in Education, and the functional use of music in everyday life.

Otchere's current research revolves around the power of music in the context of work; covering an ambitious range from ethnographic field research on Ghanaian indigenous fishing culture to personalized musical preferences via modern technology. Otchere is the recipient of several prestigious awards & fellowships, and is a 02020-21 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.