Music and the Brain: Dr. Aniruddh Patel, Tufts University

Tuesday, April 03, 2018
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
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You are cordially invited to WPI's Neuroscience & Society Spring Seminar

Music and the Brain

Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph.D

Lecture, Musical Performances & Reception

Music and the Brain


Aniruddh (Ani) Patel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University. His interests include the neural bases of rhythmic processing, the influence of musical training on language processing, and the evolutionary foundations of music cognition. He has used a range of methods in his research, including human brain imaging, theoretical analyses, acoustic research, and comparative work with other species. 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 (2008, Oxford University Press), which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor award. He frequently communicates music cognition research to general audience, including a recent set of 18 lectures titled Music and the Brain, produced by The Great Courses (released in 2015). In 2009 he received the Music Has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City, and in 2016 he was appointed a Senior Fellow in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind, and Consciousness.


Performances by:

Sergio Salvatore, Class of 2002 & renowned pianist and composer

Scott Barton, Assistant Professor of Music & musical roboticist

WPI Jazz Ensemble


This program is co-sponsored by the trans-NIH working group on Music and Health of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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