Sylvius Music & Brain Masterclass 29 November 2018

Sylvius Masterclass Symposium


for LIBC members, Leiden University students and scientists.


Location: FSW, Pieter de la Courtgebouw, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden. Room 1A20
Date&time: 29 November, 3.30 pm


Psyche Loui, Wesleyan University

portrait Psyche Loui

The neuroscience of music cognition, musical perception, pitch problems, singing, tone-deafness, music disorders and emotional impact of music and the voice, comprise much of Psyche Loui’s research and work. What gives some people a chill when they are moved by a piece of music? How does connectivity in the brain enable or thwart musical perception? Can music be used to help with psychiatric and neurological disorders? These are questions that Loui tackles in the lab. Director of the MIND Lab (Music, Imaging and Neural Dynamics) at Wesleyan, Loui has published in the journals Current Biology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, NeuroImage, Frontiers in Psychology, Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, Music Perception, Annuals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and others. 

Loui graduated the University of California, Berkeley with her PhD in Psychology (Specialization: Cognition, Brain and Behavior) and attended Duke University as an undergraduate graduating with degrees in Psychology and Music and a certificate in Neuroscience. Before coming to Wesleyan, she was Instructor in Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School. 

peoplePatel 100x135Aniruddh Patel, Tufts University

Aniruddh (Ani) Patel is a Professor of Psychology at Tufts University. He received his BA from the University of Virginia (1987) and his AM (1990) and Ph.D. (1996) from Harvard University. He then joined The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, CA, where he was a Senior Fellow from 2005-2012. Dr. Patel's work focuses on music cognition: the mental processes involved in making, perceiving, and responding to music. Two areas of special interest are the relationship between music and language (the topic of his 2008 book, Music, Language, and the Brain, Oxford Univ. Press) and the processing of musical rhythm. A wide variety of methods are used in this research, including brain imaging, behavioral experiments, theoretical analyses, acoustic research, and comparative studies with nonhuman animals. Dr. Patel has served as President for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009-2011) and received the 2009 Music has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City.




  • Prof.dr. Lisa Cheng
  • Prof.dr. Claartje Levelt
  • Dr. Rebecca Schaeffer


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