Aniruddh (Ani) Patel is a professor of psychology at Tufts University. He received his BA from the University of Virginia (1987) and his AM (1990) and Ph.D. (1996) from Harvard University. He then joined The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, CA, where he was a Senior Fellow from 2005-2012.
Dr. Patel's work focuses on music cognition: the mental processes involved in making, perceiving, and responding to music. Two areas of special interest are the relationship between music and language (the topic of his 2008 book, Music, Language, and the Brain, Oxford Univ. Press) and the processing of musical rhythm. A wide variety of methods are used in this research, including brain imaging, behavioral experiments, theoretical analyses, acoustic research, and comparative studies with nonhuman animals.
Dr. Patel has served as President for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2009-2011) and received the 2009 Music has Power Award from the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function in New York City. In 2015 Dr. Patel was appointed as a senior fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), in the Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind, and Consciousness.