Exploring Hidden Connections Between Language and Music in the Mind

The Department of Psychology and Education welcomes Aniruddh D. Patel, from Tufts University whose research focuses on the relationship between music and language. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. For more information call 413-538-2338

The 2017 Hastor lecture is Sponsored by Barbara and Albert Hastorf.

Language and music are ancient and distinct forms of human communication which play different roles in daily life. Within cognitive neuroscience, they have traditionally been considered very different mental functions. Yet this view is being increasingly challenged by modern research, which has revealed numerous hidden connections between the mental processing of language and music. Discussed will be historical musicology, evolutionary biology, and the treatment of language disorders.

Aniruddh D. Patel

Professor of Psychology, Tufts University

Aniruddh (Ani) Patel served as president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and has published over 70 research articles and a scholarly book, Music, Language and the Brain (2008, Oxford University Press), which won an ASCAP Deems Taylor award. His research interests include the neural bases of rhythmic processing, the influence of musical training on language processing, and the evolutionary foundations of music cognition. 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 member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind, and Consciousness.