Matthew Sachs

Matthew Sachs is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on understanding the neural and behavioral mechanisms involved in emotions and feeling in response to music. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute, directed by Dr. Antonio Damasio, and his B.A. from Harvard University. Matthew’s projects involve applying data-driven, multivariate models to capture the patterns of neural activity that accompany uniquely human experiences with music, such as feelings of chills, pleasurable sadness, and nostalgia. Matthew is the 2019 Robert A. Burt Presidential Scholar in Society and Neuroscience.

Project Title

Mapping the Rich Tapestry of Music-Evoked Emotions

Christopher Baldassano
Assistant Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Mariusz Kozak
Associate Professor of Music, Columbia University

Kevin Ochsner
Professor and Chair of Psychology, Columbia University

Christopher Peacocke
Johnsonian Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University