Of Mice and Musicians: Model-Making in Life and Music


Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00pm


Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave, Allston

Presented by: Harvard Allston Education Portal
Free and open to the public; please RSVP online through Eventbrite.

What could Harvard psychologist Sam Gershman and the classically-trained New England Conservatory (NEC) graduates who comprise Project LENS possibly have to talk about? A lot, as it turns out. Join us at the Harvard Ed Portal to watch them explore fear conditioning, causal models, and animal behavior. 

Prof. Gershman’s research argues that more than just forming associations to sensations, animals actually ascribe cause and effect. Project LENS will explore with Gershman how these models are built, adapted, and internalized – including, in humans, in the practice, performance, and interpretation of music. 

This unique lecture/performance event will be of interest to all who are curious about animal behavior, human psychology, and music and the brain, but also to anyone who appreciates classical music. Project LENS’s program for the evening includes works by Bach, Schubert, and Ligeti.