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What is Music to Your Ears? The Science of Hearing

What is Music to Your Ears? The Science of Hearing

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


A world-renowned scientist and a Grammy-winning musician explain how the brain processes aural information and how our perception of sounds can inspire emotion.

Daniel Levitin is a professor of psychology at McGill University and director of its laboratory of musical perception. He is the author of the international bestsellersThis is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession, and The World in Six Songs: How The Musical Brain Created Human Nature.

Rosanne Cash is a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter. Her 14 record albums, released over the last 25 years, have charted 11 number-one singles. Having undergone neurosurgery in 2007, Ms. Cash is uniquely qualified to speak about the brain, music, and the sense of hearing.

The final event in the Science of the Five Senses Series, a five-part series of live events designed to convey to scientists and nonscientists alike the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge about how humans perceive our environment, through presentations that integrate science and art.