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.
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