Aniruddh (Ani) Patel is a professor of psychology at Tufts University. He received his BA in biology from the University of Virginia (1987) and his AM (1990) and Ph.D. (1996) in organismic and evolutionary biology 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. 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), the processing of musical rhythm, and the evolutionary foundations of music processing. 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). 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. In 2018 he was awarded a Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University and a Guggenheim Fellowship to write a book on the evolution of music cognition.