Wed, 19 October 2022

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The New Neuroscience of Music – What the Music You Love Says About You

Susan Rogers In Conversation With Daniel Levitin

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A multi-platinum record producer who worked with Prince and many more superstars, Susan Rogers is now a neuroscientist revealing the science of music, emotion, and the brain.

Susan Rogers is a musical trailblazer. Beginning her career in LA as a humble audio tech, she went on to create No 1 hits as one of the most successful female record producers of all time.

Now an award-winning professor of cognitive neuroscience, she joins us for a journey into the science and soul of music that will reveal the secrets of why your favourite songs move you.

In conversation with Daniel Levitin, the bestselling author of This is Your Brain on Music, she will explore the brain’s natural response to seven key dimensions of any song and investigate the relationship between the music we love and our identities.

She will also take us behind the scenes of record-making, using her insider’s ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, and many others. She will share records that changed her life and encourage you to think about the records that define your sense of self.

Lively, inclusive and revelatory, this livestream event will refresh your playlists, deepen your connection to your favourite artists, and change the way you listen to music.

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Susan Rogers

Record Producer and Neuroscientist

Susan E Rogers, PhD. is a Professor of Music Cognition at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she received the Berklee Distinguished Faculty Award, the college’s highest teaching honour. Prior to her science career, Rogers was a multi-platinum record producer, recording engineer, and mixer. She is best known for her work with Prince (Purple Rain) as well as David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, and many others.

Daniel J. Levitin

Neuroscientist and Internationally Bestselling Author

Daniel J. Levitin is James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology at McGill University and Founding Dean of Arts and Humanities, Dean Emeritus at the Minerva Schools at KGI, now accredited as Minerva University. He is the author of five consecutive international bestselling books and has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading journals, and is credited with fundamental discoveries about the nature of musical memory and absolute pitch, the neural correlates of musical structure, and the role of the cerebellum in mediating musical emotion.