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  • Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    The New York Academy of Sciences

    Presented by the Nour Foundation, Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge, and the New York Academy of Sciences

    Video of the full event is available on the Nour Foundation website.

    We are pleased to announce that this event will feature a brief performance by composer and pianist Vijay Iyer. Please note that doors will close promptly at 7:00 PM, and late arrivals will not be admitted until after Dr. Iyer has completed his performance, approximately 7:20 PM.

    Music has been a wonderful tool to investigate the interconnection between brain science, psychology, and human experience. Cognitive neuroscientist and musician Jamshed Bharucha, music therapy pioneer Concetta Tomaino, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and physician musician Charles Limb will examine the neurological basis of some of the most prized functions of the human mind, including creativity and aesthetic judgment, and discuss the capacity of music to elicit specific emotions and to heal the body.


    Jamshed Bharucha, PhD

    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

    Vijay Iyer, PhD

    Composer & Pianist, New York City

    Charles J. Limb, MD

    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University

    Concetta Tomaino, DA

    Institute for Music and Neurologic Function


    Steve Paulson

    Executive Producer, Wisconsin Public Radio's nationally-syndicated program To the Best of Our Knowledge.

    *Reception to follow event

    Registration Pricing

    Member $0
    Student/Postdoc Member $0
    Nonmember $15
    Nonmember (Student / Postdoc / Resident / Fellow) $10


    Presented by

    • NYAS
    • Nour Foundation
    • To the Best of Our Knowledge

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    This event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series

    Moderated by Steve Paulson, Executive Producer of Wisconsin Public Radio's To the Best of Our Knowledge, this four-part lecture series brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.

    To learn more about each lecture and to purchase tickets, click on the links below.

    The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness, October 10, 2012 — Sold Out
    The Mystery of Memory: In Search of the Past, November 14, 2012 — Sold Out
    • Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound, December 12, 2012 — Sold Out
    Becoming Conscious: The Science of Mindfulness, February 6, 2013 — Sold Out