The Science of Music
Music plays a central role in many people’s lives, both in terms of time and money spent on it. Yet, music is not necessary for survival–animals don’t make music; so why do all human cultures produce–and enjoy listening to it? The emerging field of Music Psychology attempts to answer questions like that scientifically.
In this talk, Dr Pascal Wallisch will address this and other questions, like “what is music?”, “why does it move us–but not others?”, “what does the music I like tell me about my personality?”, “Does our love for music grow the more we listen to it?” and many more.
Some of the answers may surprise you!
About the Speaker
Pascal Wallisch serves as a clinical associate professor of psychology at New York University, where he heads the Fox lab. He was the first one in his family to go to college. While in college–at the Free University of Berlin–he became a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation. He attended grad school at the University of Chicago, where he wrote a bestselling book on scientific programming in neuroscience and won a university-wide grad student teaching award as well as the first Eagleman Prize in Mathematics and Physics. He did postdocs at NYU CNS, and after joining the faculty in the Department of Psychology at NYU, he won the “Golden Dozen” award for excellence in teaching. Pascal has published on a wide range of topics, including neural response properties, dresses, movie ratings, cognitive diversity, color vision, and music.
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