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. Areas of
emphasis include music-language relations (the topic of his 2008
book, Music, Language, and the Brain, Oxford Univ. Press) rhythmic
processing, and cross-species studies of music cognition. 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 is a
Fellow in the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness program in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).