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FAU’s Frontiers in Science Fall Lecture Series Presents ‘Music, Neuroscience and Evolution’

BOCA RATON, FL (October 10, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will begin its 2007 Fall Frontiers in Science public lecture series with a presentation by Dr. Edward Large, associate professor of complex systems and brain sciences in FAU’s department of psychology.   “Music, Neuroscience and Evolution” will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 in the Charles E. Schmidt Biomedical Science Center, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.    

In his Frontiers presentation, Large will explain what can be learned about music from studying the brain and what can be learned about the brain by studying music.   Large also will discuss how understanding the neuroscience of music will help unlock fundamental mysteries surrounding the evolution of human mental capacities.

“Understanding brain function and its role in behavior are among the most puzzling of challenges that science has undertaken for the 21 st century,” said Large. “Music holds the promise of addressing each piece of the puzzle in a particularly effective way, making it an ideal domain for research.”         

            Large, a nationally recognized researcher in the area of auditory perception, attention and music cognition, came to FAU in 1999. He and his colleagues have pioneered the idea that attention is a dynamic and inherently rhythmic process, and have applied these ideas to explain the rhythmic structure of music and its interaction with the dynamics of the brain. Large also was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Department of Music at McGill University in 2006.  

             “This lecture begins the seventh year of our Frontiers in Science public lecture series,” said Dr.Gary W. Perry, dean of the College of Science. “We are pleased with the interest and attendance at the lectures, and look forward to the coming year’s schedule.”

            This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science and supported by FAU’s Lifelong Learning Society Endowed Professorship.

 The reception that follows the program is made possible by the Warren Lloyd Holtzman Seed Grant, a component of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley.

For more information, contact Patsy Jones at 561-297-1307 or


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