Lectures and seminars Brain & Culture lecture - Heavy Mental: Music about Mind and Brain and Mental Disorders
Speaker: Joseph LeDoux, Director, The Emotional Brain Institute, NYU; Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, NYU; Professor of Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU Langone School of Medicine.
Hosts: Ingemar Ernberg & Eric Scarfone
Including a small gig with the assistance of musician Colin Dempsey
“Many scientists play music. I’m one. I’m the rhythm guitar player, song writer, and singer in The Amygdaloids. We play original music about mind and brain and mental disorders. And, in fact, we invented a genre called Heavy Mental. The songs are inspired by research that I do, as well as general ideas in the brain and cognitive sciences, and the philosophy of mind. For me, playing music is not a distraction to other life obligations. It helps me be better at everything else I do.”
This is how Joseph Ledoux, describes himself. But we can’t help revealing some of the “everything else”. Indeed Joseph is, among other things, Professor of Neural Science, Psychology, Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University, and, Director of the Emotional Brain Institute at NYU. He is Member of some of the most prestigious scientific societies among which the National Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Fyssen prize in Cognitive Sciences. He also writes both for the specialized and the general public having authored highly popular numbers such as “Synaptic self”, “The Emotional Brain” and more recently “The Deep History of Ourselves” or the upcoming “The Realms of Existence”. Joseph Ledoux will talk to us of all the above and more …and he will play music of course.