The Neuroscience of Improvisation, Behavior Change, and Addiction w/Bradley Vines

Sun. 6/23: 2–4 pm

The Neuroscience of Improvisation, Behavior Change, and Addiction w/Bradley Vines
Age Adult
Event Type Workshop
Department Theory and Improvisation, Health
Day Sun
Instructor Bradley Vines
Status online event

This workshop explores overlapping brain processes involved in improvisation and habit formation. We will discuss research into the neuroscience underlying behavior change and reward, as well as powerful emotions evoked by music. We will also discuss the historical links between improvisation and drugs in jazz and other musical cultures. There will be guided “experiments” in improvisation that bridge the research with your musical practice and personal experience.

About Dr. Bradley Vines, PhD, MBA

Bradley is a cognitive neuroscientist and saxophonist specializing in research on how music affects experience, behavior, and health. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford, UC Berkeley, and McGill University and has conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and other institutions, supported by grants from the GRAMMY Foundation and the NIH. He led research on music for psychedelic therapy as Wavepaths’ Chief Science Officer and conducted research on music in advertising and sonic branding as Director of Consumer Neuroscience at Nielsen. As a saxophonist, Bradley has studied improvisation in the William Paterson University Jazz program and privately with Gary Smulyan, Paul Nedzela, Knoel Scott, Allaudin Mathieu, and others. He has also learned South Indian Carnatic music from several prominent musicians in that tradition, including Dr. Vijaya Bharati, Dr. Ghatam Suresh Vaidyanathan, and Prasant Radhakrishnan.

Here’s what people have said about Bradley’s workshops and teaching:

– “Dr. Vines is a gem – he’s highly skilled at presenting complex subject matter in [a] manner very approachable to a layperson. He leads with compassion, curiosity, and non-judgmental openness. Thank you!!!”

– “Props to Professor Vines for his awesome teaching and passion.”

– “because of his knowledge and expertise, the class exceeded my expectations!”