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Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Singer Rosanne Cash to Speak on November 14 as part of Distinguished Lecturer Series

Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and singer Rosanne Cash, will discuss music’s effect on the brain on Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in She Center at William Paterson University in Wayne. The presentation, titled “Your Brain on Music,” is presented as part of the 34th season of the University’s Distinguished Lecturer Series.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Shea Center Box Office at 973.720.2371 or by visiting

Levitin, a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist and writer, will discuss how music evokes our emotions, why it plays such an important role in our lives and how the brain functions on music. Cash, who underwent brain surgery in 2007, will discuss her personal experiences with brain surgery, accented with song.

Levitin specializes in music perception and cognition and is known for his research on the science of listening to music. He is the author of the best seller “This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of Human Obsession,” which spent more than one year on The New York Times bestseller list. Levitin has researched complex auditory patterns and has worked with Sting, David Byrne, and many others.

Cash, who has been performing, recording and writing songs for 30 years, is the Grammy Award-winning daughter of legendary musician Johnny Cash, and toured with her famous father after graduating high school in 1973.  Since 1991, she has released five albums, written two books, and edited a collection of short stories.  Her fiction and essays have been published in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and New York Magazine, among others.

The William Paterson University Distinguished Lecture Series, now in its 34th season, provides a campus and regional audience with the opportunity to attend speaking programs featuring world-renowned figures from politics, government, the arts, literature, science, business and sports. The Series provides an inviting setting in which audiences can connect with some of the nation’s most interesting people.