Andrew Goldman

Andrew Goldman studies the cognition and neuroscience of musical improvisation, drawing on his training as a concert pianist and composer. Andrew's experiments explore how degrees of improvisation experience in musicians and dancers affect sound perception and motor planning. His research helps define what improvisation is, how people learn to do it, and the role improvisation plays in daily life. Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2015. After completing the PSSN program in 2017, he became a postdoctoral associate in the Music, Cognition, and the Brain Initiative at Western University, Canada (2018-20) and is visiting assistant professor of music in Music Theory at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Project Title

Neuroscience and Musical Improvisation

George Lewis, Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music, Columbia University

Paul Sajda, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Radiology, Columbia University

Daphna Shohamy, Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University