Author, Neuroscientist, Physician, and Musician
Aaron Berkowitz is the author of The Improvising Mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment, which explores improvisation from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience, musicology/ethnomusicology, and music pedagogy, drawing connections between language learning and how musical improvisation systems around the world are taught and learned. Berkowitz holds an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in music from Harvard University, and bachelors degrees in music and biology from George Washington University. His research on the neuroscience of improvisation appears in the journal NeuroImage, and received the 2008 Editor’s Choice Award in Systems Neuroscience from that journal. He has been an invited speaker at several major U.S. universities and conferences, and served as a guest professor in music and psychology at Tufts University. As a pianist and fortepianist he has performed throughout Europe and the U.S., and as a composer his compositions have been performed in Europe and the U.S., including Carnegie Hall. He is currently training in neurology at the Harvard Partners Neurology program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.