Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus

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Jamshed Bharucha

Jamshed Bharucha conducts research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, focusing on the cognitive and neural basis of the perception of music. He is a past editor of the interdisciplinary journal Music Perception.

Is our response to music hard-wired or culturally determined? Is the reaction to rhythm and melody universal or influenced by environment? John Schaefer, scientist Daniel Levitin, and musical artist Bobby McFerrin engage in live performances and cross-cultural demonstrations to illustrate music’s noteworthy interaction with the brain and our emotions.



  1. […] (The illness lasted four years in all and has been over, thankfully, for fifteen years.) Now that neuroscientists are exploring music and the brain, it comes as no surprise to learn that music trains our brain waves into smoother, more harmonious […]