Conference Report: “Music, Mind, and Brain” Theme Program at the Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science

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The Association for Psychological Science 24th Annual Convention met in Chicago, Illinois, May 24–27, 2012. One of the theme programs was “Music, Mind, and Brain,” with presentations by eminent scientists in the field: Aniruddh Patel from the Neurosciences Institute, Carol Krumhansl from Cornell University, and Daniel J. Levitin from McGill University, who organized the session, as well as Victor Wooten, Grammy-award-winning bassist. As well as reviewing specialized content in the areas of musical rhythm, memory, talent, and training, the talks drew on similar points such as how music moves human beings (both physically and emotionally), how humans can learn music, and how music impacts other species. The program ended with a related poster session, and an evening concert featured two of the presenters.

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