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They’re NYU Scientists! No, They’re A Rock Band! Actually, They Are Both! Come See the 'Amygdaloids' Discuss their Research and Rock Out!
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March 19, 2008 - by CityGuide News

New York, NY - March 19th, 2008


Come See the Amygdaloids Discuss their Research and Rock Out!

They’re NYU scientists! No, they’re a rock band! Actually, they are both, and they figure music is a great way to teach people about their fascinating work on the brain. After all, research shows that the connections between music, learning and memory are profound, so why not have that tune stuck in your head actually be useful? The Amygdaloids (named for the amygdala, an almond-shaped cluster of neurons that helps the brain process memories and emotions) come to the 92nd Street Y on Thursday, April 3 at 8:15 pm , to talk about their research on how the brain works and rock out. They are sure to play songs from their first CD, Heavy Mental – “An Emotional Brain,” “Mind-Body Problem” and “Memory Pill.” Warning: there is the possibility of a sing-along.

Students and teens welcome!

JOSEPH LEDOUX runs the LeDoux Laboratory at New York University, which studies how the brain forms, stores and retrieves traumatic memories. His musical influences include Cajun, country and western, Bob Dylan, 60s rocks and jazz.

TYLER VOLK ’s first band was called The Id, an amalgam of The Who, The Mothers of Invention and Polish and Italian wedding bands. At New York University, he works on understanding the global environment and biosphere; he’s also studied the connections between psychology, science and philosophy.

DANIELA SCHILLER played American folk-rock-influenced music in her native Israel. She is working at NYU on how emotions are processed and how they affect our social interactions. She’s also honing her “Ringo” playing style by using a vintage Ludwig drum set.

NINA GALBRAITH CURRY is researching fear, rewards and reinforcement and how they affect different portions of the brain (including the amygdala!). She has toyed with the idea of writing songs like “The Amygdala Integrates the Biological Significance of Rewarding Events, Too” and “My Striatum is Afraid.”

WHAT: Joseph LeDoux and the Amygdaloids – Rock’n’Roll’n’Science

WHERE: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd Street

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 8:15 pm, $26 ($10 with Student ID one hour before event)

TICKETS: or 212.415.5500


Founded in 1874 by a group of visionary Jewish leaders, the 92nd Street Y has grown into a wide-ranging cultural, educational and community center serving people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds. The 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich the lives of the over 300,000 people who visit each year — both in person and through the Y’s satellite, television, radio and Internet broadcasts. The organization offers comprehensive performing arts, film and spoken word events; courses in the humanities, the arts, personal development and Jewish culture; activities and workshops for children, teenagers and parents; and health and fitness programs for people of every age. Committed to making its programs available to everyone, the 92nd Street Y awards nearly $1 million in scholarships annually and reaches out to 7,000 public school children through fully-subsidized arts education programs. For more information, please visit


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