Aniruddh Patel



  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • Tufts University
Department of Psychology


  • United States


PhD (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), Harvard University
MSc (Organismic and Evolutionary Biology), Harvard University
BA (Biology), University of Virginia


As a cognitive neuroscientist, Aniruddh (Ani) Patel researches the relationship between music and language, using this interface to explore the mental foundations of both of these distinctively human abilities.

He has used a range of methods in his research, including human brain imaging, theoretical analyses, acoustic research and comparative work with other species. Patel has served as president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and has published more than 70 research articles. In 2015 he released a set of 18 lectures on music and the brain aimed at a general audience, produced by The Great Courses.


ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

Music Has Power Award, Institute for Music and Neurologic Function

Relevant Publications

Patel, A. Music, Language, and the Brain. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.