March 16: Brains with Music at the Baruch Performing Arts Center

What happens when a love of music meets a passion for science and medicine? Join us on March 16th at 6:30pm for a talk with cognitive scientist Ted Coons and music therapist Concetta M. Tomaino about their work.

Free admission, but RSVP here.



Ted Coons studied for a career in music composition at Yale, but wanted to know how music could influence the feelings of the audience.  He ended up a professor of physiological psychology, studying the neural cells of the brain involved in functions surrounding reward and pain – experiences that drive our behavior.  His fascinating journey runs parallel to the development of modern-day neuroscience, from his involvement in early biofeedback experiments of the 1960s, to the development of behavioral health and modern-day cognitive science.

From playing accordion at age six to playing solo cornet in a wind ensemble, Concetta Tomaino knew all along that she had a love for medicine.  Her two passions fused when she discovered the field of music therapy. When she met staff neurologist, Oliver Sacks at her first job working with Alzheimer’s patients, she knew she had found a kindred spirit.  Together they founded the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, which she leads to this day.

Dr. Coons is a Professor of Psychology at NYU’s Center for Neural Science. Dr. Tomaino is on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Lehman College, CUNY.  Among her many honors, she has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Mu
sic Therapy, a Touchstone Award from “Women in Music” for Music Therapy and is the dedicatee of Oliver Sack’s book Musicophilia.

This is one of 25 events across New York City that make up Brain Awareness Week 2016, a program of braiNY.  Visit a complete calendar of events.