The University of Turku and Åbo Akademi lead the audience to emotions and music

How have people talked about romantic feelings during the centuries? How has evolution biology affected people’s fears and attractions? What effect does a grandmother have on the well-being of grandchildren?

This year at Researchers’ Night, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi are presenting the theme of emotions and music. The event takes place on 27 September starting at 6:00 p.m. in Turku Cathedral.

Professor Kirsi Vainio-Korhonen from the University of Turku is coming to talk about romantic emotions in different centuries, lecturer in biology Timo Vuorisalo will present evolution biology and its effects on people’s fears and attractions. Professor Virpi Lummaa will explain how the love of the grandmother can affect the grandchildren. She has researched the meaning of grandmothers’ affection for the well-being of the grandchildren, both in humans and in elephants.

The evening culminates to singing medieval songs, which a doctor of Music, Hilkka-Liisa Vuori will lead. The songs derive from the days of Thomas Aquinas. Marika Räsänen, docent of Cultural History, will discuss about the lyrics from the viewpoint of medieval research. Docent and Latinist Antti Lampinen will explain the meanings behind the lyrics.

The event is open and free for everyone.