Past Event

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

May 1, 2017
4:15 PM - 6:15 PM
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Faculty House, Columbia University, New York
Illustration of an ear with sound waves emitting

The event recording is available via YouTube. 



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.