Sunday, May 06, 2018 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Aniruddh Patel / Tufts University
Charles Darwin regarded music as an evolutionary mystery. It is universal and ancient in human culture but serves no obvious biological function. Recent decades have witnessed a rise of empirical research on the biological foundations of music, leading to findings which help illuminate music’s evolutionary origins and its significance in human life.
In this lecture Prof. Aniruddh Patel of Tufts University and author of Music, Language, and the Brain will discuss a wide variety of research studies bearing on the evolution and biological power of music. These will include studies of how music is processed by other species, and studies of how active engagement with music enhances brain function, including both neurologically normal individuals and those with brain disorders.
Aniruddh Patel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University, where he conducts basic research on the cognitive neuroscience of music. Before joining Tufts University he was a Senior Fellow at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, a private research institute led by the late Nobel laureate Gerald M. Edelman. Professor Patel has served as president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and has published numerous research articles and a scholarly book, “Music, Language and the Brain”, which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor award. In 2009 he received the Music Has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City, and in 2018 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to write a book on the evolution of music cognition.