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Sound Studies and Auditory Neuroscience: New Perspectives on Listening – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience

May 1, 2017, 4:15 pm - 6:15 pm


Tim Griffiths, Professor of Cognitive Neurology, Newcastle University, UK

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab, University of Arkansas

Ana Maria Ochoa, Professor of Music, Columbia University


Nori Jacoby, Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University

Listening to sounds is fundamental to how we experience our environment and ourselves. In recent years, both the humanities and sciences have become increasingly invested in the interrelation between the environment and the listening experience. This seminar features leading scholars from auditory neuroscience, sound studies, and music cognition discussing scientific and humanistic perspectives on the role of acoustic conditions and cultural exposure on the formation of the sense of hearing itself.

Auditory neuroscientist Tim Griffiths will discuss the brain basis for strong emotional responses to sounds. Ethnomusicologist and anthropologist  Ana Maria Ochoa will speak about how different cultures conceptualize the relation between listening, music/sound and the human- non-human. Cognitive scientist Elizabeth Margulis, will speak about empirical approaches to aesthetic listening from the perspective of music cognition.

This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.


Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia University


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