Music has an amazing ability to move us, both physically and emotionally. What is it about notes on a page, or rhythmic sounds that can excite us? Tools from cognitive science are providing new insight into age-old questions about the arts. This talk explores what recent studies have to say about the human musical capacity. Ranging from illusions that turn speech into music to neuroscience that reveals the cognitive underpinnings of engaged listening, these studies shed new light on how sounds make you want to dance, cry, or call a friend.
Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis, author of On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind and The Psychology of Music: A Very Short Introduction, directs the Music Cognition Lab
at the University of Arkansas. In the summer of 2019, the lab is moving to Princeton University. Her research uses theoretical, behavioral, and neuroimaging methodologies to investigate the dynamic, moment-to-moment experience of listeners without special musical training. She was also trained as a pianist. Find out more about her at her website: http://www.elizabethmargulis.com/
or learn more about her upcoming more to Princeton here: https://music.princeton.edu/news/elizabeth-margulis-join-faculty-fall-2019