Professor Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph.D.

Professor Aniruddh D. Patel
  • Tufts University
  • Harvard University
Music always has been, and always will be, part of the human condition.

Dr. Aniruddh D. Patel is a Professor of Psychology at Tufts University. He received his Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard University, where he studied with Edward O. Wilson and Evan Balaban. His research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of music.

Prior to arriving at Tufts, Professor Patel was the Esther J. Burnham Senior Fellow at The Neurosciences Institute, a scientific research organization founded by the late Nobel laureate Gerald M. Edelman. Professor Patel is the author of Music, Language, and the Brain, which won a Deems Taylor Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2008. In 2009, he received the Music Has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City.

Between 2009 and 2011, Professor Patel served as President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. He is an active speaker, having given many popular talks as well as scientific lectures. A major contributor to his field, his research has been reported in such publications as The New York Times, New Scientist, and Discover magazine and on National Public Radio. He has appeared in science documentaries, including The Music Instinct, which aired on PBS.

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Dr. Patel possesses the great quality of taking complex scientific topics and communicating them in the most engaging and energetic ways. He never “dumbs down” the science, but rather frames it in ways that are relatable and exciting. His passion for his research, and for music itself, is always apparent in his presentations. He’s a natural presenter who obviously enjoys sharing the science with those who want to enrich their knowledge of music. Watching the series, I found myself listening to pieces with a new perspective and wanting to learn even more about music’s effect on me and those who listen to the music we perform.

6 Courses and Sets

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6 Courses and Sets

  1. Music and the Brain

    Music and the Brain

    Aniruddh D. Patel
    4.3 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
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    Starting at $99.95 Starting at $99.95 $219.95 $99.95$219.95
    Music is an integral part of humanity, from large societies to small tribes—but why? Music and the Brain probes this profound mystery, exploring the origins of music’s emotional powers; the connections between music and language; the links between hearing, moving, remembering, and imagining; and beyond. This interdisciplinary course combines music and cognitive science to reveal the glory of this marvelous gift.
  2. (Set) Music and the Brain & How Colors Affect You Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & How Colors Affect You

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $294.90 Starting at $294.90 $319.90 $294.90$319.90
    This two-course set will provide you with the tools to change how you see and hear the world around you. How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals will open your eyes to how our brains are affected by color and teach you how to use the power of color to create environments that inspire. Music and the Brain takes a scientifically illuminating look at how music affects our emotions and our moods.
  3. (Set) Music and the Brain & How Music and Mathematics Relate Set on sale

    (Set) Music and the Brain & How Music and Mathematics Relate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $351.00 Starting at $53.90 $439.90 $53.90$439.90
    Learn to appreciate more fully the intricacies of music with this two-course set, providing you with a perspective on one of the greatest achievements of human culture. Music and the Brain provides a startling look at why our ability to appreciate and use music is so inherently human, while How Music and Mathematics Relate will show you how mathematics informs every step of the process of making music.
  4. (Set) Music and the Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & Neuroscience of Everyday Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $594.90 $519.90$594.90
    If you are fascinated by the reactions that make you a sentient being, this two-course set is for you. Thanks to the new field of neuroscience, we can chart the workings of the brain in remarkable detail. The Neuroscience of Everyday Life looks at the biological processes that produce everyday experiences. Music and the Brain takes this science to the next level, demonstrating how music specifically affects how we...
  5. (Set) Music and the Brain & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & Understanding the Fundamentals of Music

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $229.90 Starting at $229.90 $474.90 $229.90$474.90
    We all know that beneath the surface of music, beyond the joy or excitement or even heartache that this beautiful language of sound can stir within us, lies the often-mysterious realm of music theory. Learn the basics of music theory and why music affects us the way it does with this spellbinding two-course set, combining Music and the Brain and Understanding the Fundamentals of Music.
  6. (Set) Music and the Brain & How to Look at and Understand Great Art Set

    (Set) Music and the Brain & How to Look at and Understand Great Art

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $519.90 Starting at $519.90 $594.90 $519.90$594.90
    What does it take to truly understand great art? Whether a soulful masterpiece hanging in a museum or a symphony designed to delight, great art fills us with emotions. Learn how to see and hear art differently, to discover hidden significance and find deeper meaning and appreciation in art and music with this two-course set including How to Look at and Understand Great Art and Music and the Brain.