Department of Psychology
Medford, MA 02155
Aniruddh D. Patel
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1996
Aniruddh (Ani) Patel is a Professor of Psychology at
Tufts University. He received his BA from the University of Virginia (1987)
and his AM (1990) and Ph.D. (1996) from Harvard University.
He then joined The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, CA, where
he was a Senior Fellow from 2005-2012.
Dr. Patel's work focuses on
music cognition: the mental processes involved in making, perceiving,
and responding to music. Two areas of special interest are the relationship
between music and language (the topic of his 2008 book, Music,
Language, and the Brain, Oxford Univ. Press) and the processing of musical
rhythm. A wide variety of methods are used in this research, including
brain imaging, behavioral experiments, theoretical analyses, acoustic
research, and comparative studies with nonhuman animals.
Dr. Patel has
served as President for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition
(2009-2011) and received the 2009 Music has Power Award from the Institute
for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City.