David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy, Columbia University
Pamela H. Smith, Seth Low Professor of History and Chair, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University
Introduction: Jacqueline Gottlieb, Professor of Neuroscience, Columbia University
Speakers: 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
Professor of Musicology, Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University
Moderators: Andrew Goldman
Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University
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