Music Demystified: Exploring the Neuroscience of Music

Thursday, November 29, 2018
516 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University     map

Have you ever wondered why catchy songs just get stuck in your head? Why do you feel like bawling your eyes out to the soundtrack of Titanic? Why does “Despacito” make you want to dance?

Come to Music Demystified: a panel discussion and Q&A on the intersection of music and cognitive processes to address these questions and more! The panel will feature some of the leading neuroscientists of today, as well as a short music performance you won't want to miss!
See our panel's bios below:

Seth Cluett is Acting Director of the Computer Music Center at Columbia University, as well as a composer and visual artist who creates work that explores everyday actions at extreme magnification. His work is an attempt to understand memory in forms that rethink the role of the senses in an increasingly technologized society. He is artist-in-residence at Nokia Bell Labs, researching virtual and augmented reality acoustics and multi-sensory communication.

Morwaread Mary Farbood is Associate Professor at the NYU Steinhardt School and a member of the NYU Music and Audio Research Lab. Her research focuses on real-time aspects of music listening and how tonality and musical tension are perceived. She also performs professionally as a harpsichordist.

Mark Mattson is Associate Professor of Psychology at Fordham University. His research program on speech and action errors includes analysis of expressive variations and errors in musical performances, and he teaches an interdisciplinary course on Music and Psychology. He also plays keyboards and sings.

Peter Pesic is a writer, pianist, physicist, and educator. He is the director of the Science Institute and Musician-in-Residence at St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM. The author of Polyphonic Minds: Music of the Hemispheres, Pesic has had multiple books published by MIT Press at the intersection of science, music, and history.

David Sulzer is a neuroscientist and Professor at Columbia University in the Departments of Psychiatry, Pharmacology and Neurology. Under the name Dave Soldier, he is a classical/pop/jazz musician and composer. Among his most notable work is a 14-piece Thai elephant orchestra, the Brainwave Music Project (performance using brain electrical activity), and much more.