Aniruddh Patel joined Tufts University in the fall of 2012 as an associate professor of psychology. Previously he was a senior fellow at The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego. As a cognitive neuroscientist, he conducts research that focuses on the relationship between music and language, using this interface to explore the mental foundations of both of these distinctively human abilities. 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 (www.musicperception.org), is the 2009 recipient of the Music Has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City, and is the author of a scholarly book, Music, Language, and the Brain (Oxford University Press), which won a Deems-Taylor award from ASCAP in 2008. Patel received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in organismic and evolutionary biology and a B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia. He serves on editorial boards for Cognition, Music Perception, and Empirical Musicology Review.
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Part of Music, Language, Mind, Evolution, a series of free Monday/Wednesday evening lectures with eminent scholars from a variety of disciplines — music, music cognition, biology, and language — exploring the fundamentals of why and how we make and hear music. Part of the course Music 007 taught by Professor Larry Polansky. The public is cordially invited.
Admission is free.
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Sponsored by the UCSC Arts Division, Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence, and US Bank.