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.
We are happy to welcome Audrey Haddard
Vocalist and songstress Aubrey Haddard bridges the gap between new-wave R&B and old-school blues with timeless soul and effortless melody. Performances by the 24 year old are refreshingly raw and hauntingly hypnotic, captivating audiences with a whiskey-soaked, sugar-coated voice that weaves itself in and out of groove-centric original music.
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