“Good Vibrations: From Vibrations in the Ear to Abstractions in the Head”
Speaker: David Poeppel, Ph.D., Director, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
The brain has rhythms – and so do music and speech. Recent research has revealed that the temporal structure of speech and music and the temporal organization of various brain structures align in systematic ways. The role that brain rhythms play in perception and cognition continues to be made clearer through research. David Poeppel will describe some intuitively simple and fun but surprising results that illuminate the temporal structure of perceptual experience. From recognizing speech and melodies to building abstract mental structures, how the brain constructs and represents time reveals unexpected puzzles.
David Poeppel joined the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in 2015 and studies the brain basis of auditory perception, speech, music, and language. He also directs the Center for Language, Music, and Emotion (CLaME) at NYU.