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Beats in the Brain: The Neuroscience of Music

  • Lord Hobo 92 Hampshire Street Cambridge, MA, 02139 United States (map)

Join taste of science on a journey through mind and live music as we explore the evolution of musical behavior and discover how music can enhance everyday life.

Dr Psyche Loui

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Wesleyan

Music is a fundamentally human activity that is celebrated worldwide and from a young age, yet we are just beginning to understand and to harness its power on the human brain. I will discuss some recent research on how the human brain learns to create music, how we derive emotions from music, and how to make use of music to enhance our cognitive performance in everyday life.


Dr. Aniruddh Patel

Professor of Psychology, Tufts

Why and how did humans become a musical species? I’ll talk about old debates on this topic (dating back to Darwin), and about new research which is changing the way we approach this question. This research combines human brain science research with behavioral studies of how other species process music. I’ll talk about research with parrots, songbirds, sea lions, dogs, and monkeys, to illustrate how cross-species research can help us understand the evolution of musical behavior.

Event information:

  • Doors open at 11:00am, and our event kicks off at 11:15am.
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