The extraordinary power of music to communicate complex emotions and thoughts has fascinated scientists and philosophers for centuries. This symposium presents new perspectives on this question from the intersection of the humanities and cognitive science. Music taps into cognitive mechanisms that govern our daily interactions with the world, such as expectations and violations of these expectations, to evoke powerful emotions of tension, anticipation, laughter or frisson, and appears to have much in common with language. How does philosophical, historical, and cultural analysis complement these cognitive approaches to explain the social and ethical functions of music? How do these modes of inquiry bear on each other to explain what makes music mean? READ MORE
This seminar features leading scholars from auditory neuroscience, sound studies, and music cognition discussing scientific and humanistic perspectives on the role of acoustic conditions and cultural exposure on the formation of the sense of hearing itself. READ MORE
From the perspective of Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, and the science of touch, we consider the physiological environments in which neurons are embedded. READ MORE
Current Presidential Scholars will discuss their cross-disciplinary research and new findings on topics in Society and Neuroscience. READ MORE
Animal characters have been used throughout history in stories and fables. Is our fascination with these characters purely a cultural product or can they reveal something about human psychology? READ MORE
Deadline: January 31. Proposals should focus on the CPRC’s four primary research areas. Full-time faculty and research scholars or scientists at Columbia University are eligible. READ MORE
Deadline: July 24. The goal of the CPRC seed grant program is to advance intellectually innovative research projects in population, health, and society. Open to all Columbia faculty and researchers.
This event is organized by Columbia’s interdepartmental Embodied Cognition Reading Group. An RSVP for this event is required. Speaker: Dr. Jenny Slatman, Department of Health, Ethics and Society, Maastricht University. This talk focuses on the question of how we experience our bodily identity, and what happens when something is added to or removed from our body, when our body is enhanced, when it is radically changed. It will address embodied capacities to constantly adapt to new situations, and to constantly search for a new kind of steadiness. READ MORE