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Levitin to speak on music and the brain

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 4:30 p.m. Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.
Daniel Levitin, author of the international bestseller "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession," will provide an overview of recent research on music and the brain at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Levitin's lecture, titled "This Is Your Brain on Music," will review experiments from his own laboratory and others that deal with questions such as: Are the brains of musicians different from the brains of nonmusicians? Why do some people become experts and others, with the same amount of practice, do not? Why do people like the music they like?

After spending the 1980s as a professional musician, record producer, music industry executive, stand-up comedian and joke writer, Levitin pursued an academic career in the 1990s. He is now an associate professor of psychology, behavioral neuroscience and music at McGill University in Montreal.

Levitin's 2006 book "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" investigates how people experience music and why it plays such a unique role in their lives. It has been published in eight languages. Levitin also has been published widely in scientific journals and music trade publications such as Grammy, Billboard and Audio, for which he has interviewed artists including Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon.

The event is part of the /@rts ("slash arts") lecture series.

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