Aniruddh D. Patel
Aniruddh D. Patel is associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University. After attending the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, he received a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 1996, where he studied with Edward O. Wilson and Evan Balaban. He then joined The Neurosciences Institute, a private basic research institute in San Diego, CA, led by Nobel Laureate Gerald M. Edelman, where he was appointed the Esther J. Burnham Senior Fellow in 2005 and remained until 2012.
Patel’s research focuses on how the brain processes music and language, especially what the similarities and differences between the two reveal about each other and about the brain itself. He has pursued this topic with a variety of techniques, including neuroimaging, theoretical analyses, acoustic research, and comparative studies of nonhuman animals. He has published over 50 research articles and a scholarly book, Music, Language, and the Brain (2008, Oxford Univ. Press), which was called “a major synthesis” by Oliver Sacks and “an intellectual tour de force” by the journal Nature, and which won a Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). Patel was awarded the 2009 Music Has Power award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City. He has served as President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), and is interested in promoting research and education in the field of music cognition.