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Cognitive Science Fall 2015 Colloquium


Can Nonlinguistic Musical Training Change the Way the Brain Processes Speech?

Dr. Ani Patel

Professor, Department of Psychology

Tufts University

Friday, November 6th, 4:00 pm Tolentine 215


Mounting evidence suggests that musical training is associated with enhancements in certain aspects of speech processing (e.g., hearing speech in noise, prosody perception, and second language phonological abilities).   Are these benefits caused by musical training, or is this merely a case of correlation without causation?  If they are caused by training, how and why would such transfer effects occur? In this talk I will discuss recent evidence for associations between musical training and speech perception abilities, and lay out a theoretical framework which can explain how and why learning a musical instrument could impact speech processing.



Recent Speakers:

  • Fall, 2015, Dr. Roger Remington, University of Queensland
  • Spring 2015, Dr. Art Kramer, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois
  •  Fall, 2014, Dr. Brenda Rapp, Johns Hopkins University  
  • Spring 2014, Dr. Brian Scassellati, Yale University
  • Fall 2013, Dr. Julio Villa-Garcia, Villanova University
  • Spring 2012, Dr. Larry Barsalou, Emory University
  • Fall 2011, Dr. Georg Theiner, Villanova University
  • Spring 2011, Dr. Russell Romeo, Michigan State University
  • Spring 2011 - Dr. Lance Kriegsfeld, University of California – Berkeley
  • Fall 2010 - Dr. Anjan Chatterjee from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Spring 2010 - Dr. Brian J. Scholl from Yale University
  • Fall 2007 - Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow from the University of Chicago
  • Spring 2007 - Professor Paul Thagard from University of Waterloo