Beat goes on at Bronowski Forum with lecture on music and the brain in La Jolla

Neuroscientists John Iversen, Ph.D. and Aniruddh Patel, Ph.D.
Neuroscientists John Iversen, Ph.D. and Aniruddh Patel, Ph.D.

Kicking off the 13th year of Bronowski Forum presentations with the 112th lecture will be renowned neuroscientists Aniruddh D. Patel and John Iversen, and celebrated UCSD music professor Steven Schick speaking at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 in the auditorium of the Neuroscience Institute.

The “trio” will present an evening interlaced with performances and insight into the inner workings of the brain to reveal how instrumental music reflects speech and language, how beat becomes an endogenous product of the mind, and the role culture plays in rhythm perception.

The public is invited to the free forum curated by Ron Newby to “bridge the divide between art and science.”

Patel’s work focuses on music and the brain as an Esther Burnham Senior Fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute. He is the author of "Music, Language, and the Brain" (2008, Oxford University Press), and is president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (


Iversen is an associate fellow in theoretical neurobiology at The Neurosciences Institute. Iverson’s research is devoted to understanding how humans actively create a rich and detailed view of the world from sensory stimuli. Fundamental to this work is the use of rhythm as a tool for the study of complex brain processes.

Schick, a distinguished professor of music at UCSD and a consulting artist in percussion at the Manhattan School of Music, has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning and premiering more than 100 works for percussion. In 2007, Schick became music director and conductor of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus. He was the percussionist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars of New York City (1992-2002) and from 2000 to 2004 served as artistic director of the Centre International de Percussion de Genève in Switzerland.

Schick is founder of the percussion group, red fish blue fish, and author of "The Percussionist's Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams."

If you go


Bronowski Forum’s ‘Rhythm — The Brain and a Drum, Conversations with Drs. Aniruddh Patel and John Iversen with Professor Steven Schick’


7 p.m. Jan. 13


: Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 1640 John J. Hopkins Drive






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