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Aniruddh D. Patel, Ph. D., is an associate professor of psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University.  His 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 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. Two recent topics of study are how humans versus other animals process melody and rhythm, and how and why musical training impacts the processing of language in the human brain.

He is the author of more than 50 research articles and the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Music, Language, and the Brain.

Dr. Patel can speak about:

  • Music cognition
  • Relationship between music and language