Happiness and music

What makes us happy, and what role can music play in this? What different forms of happiness are there? Is there a difference between the happiness that we derive from experiences and happiness that we get from material possessions? Think along with economist Esther-Mirjam Sent and psychologist Daniël Wigboldus and start Radboud Sounds on a happy note!

20.00 - 20.30 | Rode Zaal

Experiences or possessions 

In our quest for happiness we invent all sorts of things. For example, we go looking for ourselves in India or we shop until we max out our credit cards. The question remains: what truly makes us happy? What role does music play in our happiness? Come and listen to the conversation with Esther-Mirjam Sent and Daniël Wigboldus and discover whether music can bring us a little closer to happiness. 

This talk is in Dutch.  

About the speakers

Esther-Mirjam Sent is professor of Economic Theory and Economic Policy at Radboud University. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, experimental economics and economic policy, the history and philosophy of economics and the economics of science. In particular, she pays attention to limited rationality, emotion and gender. 

Daniël Wigboldus is Professor of Social Cognition, specialising in person perception in general and on the role played by stereotypes and prejudice in particular. He is interested in and has published on how stereotypes are maintained through language use, how stereotype expectations affect the traits we ascribe to someone and how implicit biases affect impulsive behaviour and face perception. He is also chairman of Radboud University's Executive Board and former dean of Radboud University's Faculty of Social Sciences.

Radboud Sounds

This program is part of Radboud Sounds. The festival where science meets music with lectures, dance, live music and more on Friday 12 May 2023 in Doornroosje, Nijmegen. Come and celebrate Radboud University’s 100th anniversary. Radboud University scientists from various disciplines shed their light on music and science. Come and listen, dance, enjoy and sharpen your mind on the effect of music. Compose your own program and see the world of music from a different viewpoint.

Contact information

Would you like to know more about the Radboud Sounds programme, or do you have other questions or comments? Please contact info [at] reflects.ru.nl (info[at]reflects[dot]ru[dot]nl)

Organizational unit
Radboud Reflects, Radboud University