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We continue taking a look back as we go forward. This spring we are talking with some of our past participants, to see what they are up to, and to ask if their respective Catalyst conversations have stayed with them, how have they changed, and how they are dealing with the current moment. Director Deborah Davidson will continue that conversation with some of our wonderful speakers, both scientists and artists. Join us on Zoom this spring as we continue on an online version of our programs!

May 26, 6-7pm EST - Ani Patel 

Ani 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. Music reaches into our deepest self, or so Plato declared some 2,300 years ago. We’ve been wondering about music’s effect on us ever since. In the last decade in particular, a growing number of scientists have taken up the quest to chart music’s course in the body, starting at the top—the brain.

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L. Ani Patel, R. Snowball, a cockatoo that dances to the beat
Read about Snowball’s contribution to science and see him dance. 

Revisit the earlier Catalyst Conversations event with Ani, March 23, 2015 Music and the Brain: Stan Strickland and Ani Patel

Our virtual spring programs are made possible by a grant from The City of Cambridge's Community Benefits Stabilization Fund. We are grateful to the Cambridge Arts Council, our founding partner, as well as the Catalyst Conversations Governing and Advisory Boards for their advice, connections, funding and feedback. We thank our wonderful volunteers for their time and generosity both behind the scenes and at our events. A special thanks to our donors who help us bring free public programming to Greater Boston and beyond. 
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