Becker, an authority on the music of Southeast Asia, teaches
ethnomusicology at the
has written numerous articles and is the author of three books. Her most
recent book, Deep Listeners:
Music, Emotion, and Trancing, received the Alan Merriam award from
the Society for Ethnomusicology for the best book in ethnomusicology
published during the year 2004.
Becker’s current research focuses on the relationships between music,
emotion and ecstasy in institutionalized religious contexts and in
secular contexts. She is exploring the common ground between humanistic,
cultural, anthropological approaches and scientific, cognitive,
Affiliate Professor of Psychology, University
Budzynski graduated first from the
Budzynski was one of the pioneers in the area of biofeedback, and has
developed a number of biofeedback instruments along with John
Picchiottino. In addition to on-going research with Johann Stoyva at the
University of Colorado Medical Center, Tom started a private biofeedback
continues research in the areas of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, academic
performance enhancement and cognitive enhancement in the elderly with
his able associate and wife Helen Kogan Budzynski, Ph.D. who is a
Professor Emeritus at the university in the
Jon Frederick, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
Frederick’s dissertation research compared the EEG effects of rhythmic
visual stimulation alone, auditory stimulation, and combined auditory
and visual stimulation. I am currently involved in two research projects
entrainment is intriguing to me because it presents the possibility of
decoding the meaning of the brain's rhythms by observing the perceptual
or behavioral effects of stimuli that enhance or interfere with these
Robert Gatchel, Ph.D., Department Chairman & Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Arlington*
J. Gatchel has always been involved in new “cutting edge” areas of
science and medicine. He published the initial text in Health Psychology
with Dr. Andy Baum (An
Introduction to Health Psychology), introduced the functional
restoration approach to chronic pain and disability with Dr. Tom Mayer
at the Productive Rehabilitation in Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE), and
worked as a major advocate for the biopsychosocial approach to chronic
pain. This approach is now
viewed as the most heuristic model for better understanding the
etiology, assessment, treatment and prevention of chronic pain.
Dr. Gatchel has conducted extensive evidence-based clinical research, much of it continuously funded for the past 25 years by grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He currently holds a prestigious Senior Scientist Award from NIH. His major areas of clinical and research expertise involve the following: the biopsychosocial approach to the etiology, assessment, treatment and prevention of chronic stress and pain behavior; the comorbidity of physical and mental health disorders; and clinical health psychology. He has published over 240 journal articles, 83 book chapters and has authored or edited 23 books.
Gatchel is currently the Chair of the Department of Psychology,
*Robert Gatchel will not be in attendance due to recent extenuating circumstances but will continue to be involved with this project in its future forms.
Jovanov, Ph.D. Associate
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Jovanov is an Associate Professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering
at the University
Jovanov has been working on physiological correlates and models of
altered states of consciousness for more than ten years. He investigated
heart and brain activity during meditation, relaxation techniques,
musicogenic states, and healer/healee interactions. Dr. Jovanov
developed several environments for processing, visualization, and
perceptualization of physiological signals. His recent research is
focused on changes of autonomous nervous system created by yogic
breathing techniques and chanting.
Clete A. Kushida, M.D., Ph.D., RPSGT Director, Stanford Center for Human Sleep Research, Associate Professor, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford University Center of Excellence for Sleep Disorders
A. Kushida, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the
Dr. Kushida is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Board of Sleep Medicine, a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal SLEEP and Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation, and the immediate past Chair of the Standards of Practice Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Edward W. Large, Ph.D., Computer and Information Science, Associate Professor, Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, Cognitive Psychology of Music, Florida Atlantic University
W. Large is an Associate Professor at the Center for Complex Systems and
Brain Sciences at
Large’s research addresses the question of how the brain responds to
complex, temporally structured sequences of events, such as music and
speech. His research program combines dynamical systems modeling,
behavioral experimentation, neurophysiology and neuroimaging. Current
projects include perception of rhythm, perception of pitch, perception
of tonality, perception of song, and emotional responses to music.
Dr. Large reported the discovery of human brain activity that
anticipates events in rhythms such as those found in music and speech.
He observed that peaks in the power of cortical brain activity predict
both the timing and intensity of events such as notes (in music) and
syllables (in speech). Moreover, when some events are unexpectedly left
out of a sequence, the timing and power of cortical activity remains
unchanged, as if an event actually appeared.
Scott Makeig, Ph.D., Director, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience Institute for Nerual Computation, University of California, San Diego
Makeig received a B.A. from Berkeley, "Self in Experience,"
and a Ph.D. from UCSD in "Music Psychobiology." His research
has focused on application of advanced signal processing models to human
brain dynamics data (EEG, MEG, fMRI, ECOG).
and colleagues were the first to apply independent component analysis (
Specialist in cross-cultural healthcare
methodologies and researcher on the physical effects of percussion *
C. Maxfield is an independent researcher focusing on sonic entrainment,
shamanism, and healing. A former research report writer for Encyclopaedia
Britannica, Dr. Maxfield’s work has lead her around the globe
lecturing and demonstrating the positive benefits of applied sonic
entrainment. She has presented “Journey Work”, sonic entrainment
workshops in North America, South America, Asia, and
Maxfield is vice-president of the Maxfield Foundation, an organization
supporting research in the fields related to the understanding and
treatment of cancer, with special emphasis on leukemia. She is also on
the board of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and executive director
of the Angeles Arrien Foundation for Cross-Cultural Education and
*Melinda Maxfield will not be in attendance due to recent extenuating circumstances but will continue to be involved with this project in its future forms.
Harold Russell, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, University of Texas, Adjunct research professor in the Department of Gerontology and Health Promotion at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
L. Russell is a clinical psychologist with a private practice in
Russell’s current research is focused on investigating the use of
EEG-driven auditory and visual stimulation as a safe, effective and
inexpensive means of improving brain functioning in children,
adolescents or adults at different socioeconomic levels.
the potential outcomes of the symposium, Dr. Russell writes, "Combining
current technology with the creativity, musical and scientific knowledge
available at this symposium could result in the finding of increasingly
effective and inexpensive ways of using music on an everyday basis as a
practical and widely acceptable tool to improve brain functioning."
*Harold Russell will not be in attendance due to recent extenuating circumstances but will continue to be involved with this project in its future forms.
David Spiegel, M.D., Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Spiegel is the Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor in the
Spiegel is Immediate Past President of the American
of Psychiatrists and Past President of the Society for Clinical and
Experimental Hypnosis. A
Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he has
received the 2004 Marmor Award from the American Psychiatric Association
for research in biopsychosocial psychiatry, the Edward A. Strecker, M.D.
Award from the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital for his contributions
to clinical psychiatry in the U.S., and the Hilgard Award from the
International Society of Hypnosis for his research contributions to the
field of medical hypnosis.
serves on the editorial boards of numerous journals and was Editor of
the American Psychiatric Press’ Progress
in Psychiatry series. He
is the author of 8 books and 394 journal articles and book chapters on
stress, trauma, dissociation, psycho-oncology, hypnosis, psychotherapy,
and mind/body medicine. Dr. Spiegel received his B.A. from Yale and his
M. Barry Sterman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Departments of Neurobiology and Biobehavioral Psychiatry, at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Dr. M. Barry Sterman is Professor Emeritus in the departments of Neurobiology and Bio-Behavioral Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He launched the field of clinical neurotherapy with his pioneering studies of EEG operant conditioning in animals and humans for the treatment of seizures. His major research interests have included; neural and behavioral mechanisms in epilepsy, neural substrates and cognitive correlates of EEG rhythms, self-regulation of the EEG, basic neural mechanisms of sleep regulation, and quantitative EEG Assessment. Papers written by Dr. Sterman have been published in the journals Science, Brain Research, EEG and Clinical Neurophysiology, Experimental Neurology, Journal of Internal Medicine, Clinical Electroencephalography, Biofeedback and Self-Regulation, Brain Topography, Clinical Neurophysiology, Journal of Neurotherapy, and in the Handbook of Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology.
Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus,
Suppes is the Lucie Stern Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus at
focus of his research is on brain-wave recognition of words, in analogy
to speech recognition. The sound-pressure waves of spoken words are
transformed in complex ways as they pass through the outer ear, cochlea,
etc., to auditory nerve fibers on up to the auditory cortex. It is not
yet possible to track the mathematical transformations that take place
in any detail. Comparable complexity holds for visual words. The work
done jumps over these pathways and looks at EEG recordings directly in
the auditory or visual cortex. No cognitive recognition of a word occurs
earlier, so essential information must be encoded in the brain-wave. The
job is to find it, and headway is being made, as reflected in papers
published with colleagues since 1997.
Concetta Tomaino, D.A. MT-BC, Director of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function and Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, Bronx, New York
“Connie” Tomaino is the Director of the Institute for Music and
Neurologic Function, and Vice President for Music Therapy at Beth
Abraham Family of Health Services, Beth Abraham Hospital,
Tomaino is internationally recognized for her research in the clinical
applications of music and neurologic rehabilitation. She has lectured on music therapy throughout the world, and
received the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at
the United Nations.
Tomaino holds a Masters and Doctor of Arts in Music Therapy from New
York University, and graduated from SUNY at Stony Brook with a BA in
Music Performance (her instrument is the
Udo Will, Ph.D., Musicology and Neurobiology, Associate Professor, Ohio State University
Udo Will studied music, sociology, and neuroscience. He holds PhDs in both musicology and neurobiology and is professor of cognitive ethnomusicology at Ohio State University. He currently leads research projects on cognitive aspects of music performances in oral cultures, on rhythm and melody processing by the human brain, and on a comparison of the cognitive architecture of music and language production.
is co-founder, together with M. Clayton (Milton Keynes) and I. Cross (
Musicántica focuses mainly on the music from
Continuity is possible because each musical process in time is
historical, part of a relentless process of development, productive
confrontation with every day life and a continuous discourse between
current innovation and past sedimentation. Musicántica’s repertoire includes, therefore,
both traditional as well as original compositions. The connection
between the southern Italian tradition, the individual experiences as
Several of the instruments used by Musicántica are native Italian.
These include the tamburieddhru, a frame drum used for the pizzica
tarantata dance; the putipù, a friction drum; the chitarra battente, a
10 strings guitar from the Renaissance; percussion such as castanets,
animal jingle collars, sheep copper bells; the benas, a single and
double Sardinian reed clarinet or the marranzanu, or jaw’s harp. The
rest of the instrumentation includes classical guitars, the mandolin,
the mandola, the Greek bouzouki, the oud, the harmonica, the fina, a
lamellaphone inspired by the African mbira exclusively created by
Maestro Enzo Fina, and several other, mostly homemade, sound effects.
Roberto Catalano, Musicántica Instrumentalist: guitar, chitarra battente, mandolin, bouzouki, oud, jaw’s harp, benas, putipù, frame drum, percussion, vocals.
Roberto Catalano was born in
As a guitarist he has performed with different ensembles in major cities
As an arranger he has written scores in several contemporary styles,
among these the most notable is a piece taken from the Sardinian vocal
tradition known as “canto a tenores” and arranged it for the four
strings of Grammy Award winner, Kronos Quartet. Roberto Catalano is a
collector and maker of musical instruments. His collection includes,
thus far, about one hundred seventy instruments from the world over.
Enzo Fina, Musicántica Instrumentalist: frame drums, fina, guitar, mandolin, percussion, putipù, jaw’s harp, harmonica, flutes, vocals.
Enzo Fina was born in Salice,
Fina extended his musical studies of acoustic properties of sound in
instrument making as he was able to synthesize his findings in acoustics
in the creation of his own instrument. In 1983, after studying the
structure of an African mbira (thumb piano), he created a personal
version of that instrument calling it most simply, fina.
In addition, Fina has been trained also in various arts such as dance,
mime, puppeteering, construction and use of masks. He has worked with a
variety of art groups and ensembles of diverse character and goals
ranging from traditional music research to animation theater, film
scoring, anthropological theater, and puppet shows in Italy,