Music & the Mind: The Magical Power of Sound

Panel Discussion December 12, 2012

Music has been a wonderful tool to investigate the interconnection between brain science, psychology, and human experience.

Cognitive neuroscientists and musicians Jamshed Bharucha and Charles Limb join music therapy pioneer Concetta Tomaino and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer to discuss the ability of music to both heal and elicit specific emotions at the interface of body, mind, and memory, while examining the neurological basis of some of the most prized functions of the human mind, including creativity and aesthetic judgment.


  • Steve Paulson Journalist and Executive Producer, TTBOOK
  • Jamshed Bharucha President, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Vijay Iyer Composer, Pianist, Bandleader, Producer and Writer
  • Charles Limb Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Concetta Tomaino Executive Director, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function


  • Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • 7:00 pm
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
    7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor


In this volume, a diverse array of experts reflect on the nature and function of consciousness in relation to behavior, ethics, creativity, music, and mindfulness

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About This Series

This event is part of The Emerging Science of Consciousness Series, which brings together leading experts from various fields to discuss how the latest research is challenging our understanding of the very nature and function of consciousness in our daily lives.



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  • Music Therapist Concetta Tomaino on How Music Impacts Behavior Dec 12, 2012 02:41 1077
  • Charles Limb on Researching Improvisation Dec 12, 2012 02:45 1526
  • Is Music the Language of the Emotions? Dec 12, 2012 01:21 1010
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