The Neuroscience of Musical Improvisation – April 10


April 9, 2013

How do freestyle rappers create lyrics off the cuff? How are musicians able to improvise on the spot? What makes their brains tick? Professor Charles Limb (MD) is a hearing specialist, surgeon, and lifelong musician who researches the way musical creativity works in the brain. Dr. Limb has spent more than a decade studying the brain activity of musicians as they improvise. Known for his brain-imaging studies of jazz musicians, he has expanded his research into another musical genre that emphasizes rhythm and improv: hip hop. He and his team at Johns Hopkins have put freestyle rappers into functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines to see what happens in their brains when they rhyme off the tops of their heads. Join us for a multisensory, multimedia, music-meets-neuroscience experience with this TEDx speaker on April 10 at 6PM in the MIT Sidney Pacific Graduate Residence Multipurpose Room. RSVP for the event here. There will even be a live jazz combo! Photo courtesy of Committee on Scholarly Interactions (CoSI).

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