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Humanities & Neuroscience
Roundtable Discussion

Music and Meaning – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

Welcoming Remarks:
David Freedberg, Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia
Pamela H. Smith, Seth Low Professor of History, Columbia

David Huron
Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor, School of Music & Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ohio State University

Aniruddh D. Patel
Professor of Psychology, Tufts University

Elizabeth Tolbert
Professor of Musicology, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Andrew Goldman
Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Jacqueline Gottlieb
Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University

The extraordinary power of music to communicate complex emotions and thoughts has fascinated scholars for centuries. Music taps into cognitive mechanisms that govern our daily interactions with the world, such as expectations and violations of these expectations, and appears to have much in common with language. In addition, music plays social and ethical functions that can be understood from philosophical, historical, and cultural perspectives.

Sponsors: Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program as part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series; the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies.
Image: Wassily Kandinsky, Composition VIII, 1923, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Event Date 
Thu, Oct 19, 2017, 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm

Free and open to the public.