Michael A. Casey

Academic Appointments
  • Professor of Music

  • Professor of Computer Science

It is widely known that music elicits powerful effects on the body and the mind. My research seeks to understand the precise features of sound and music that yield positive, measurable medical benefits, especially for brain diseases such as epilepsy and mental illness. Fusing neuroscience, music theory, and computation, my group is investigating new non-invasive treatments using specifically-designed music. Our research is published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Scientific Reports, among other leading journals. Funding was awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK).


603 646-9609
Engineer and Comp Science Ctr, Room 211
HB 6242




  • Ph.D. MIT Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • A.M. Electroacoustic Music, Dartmouth College, USA
  • B.A. (Hons) Music, University of East Anglia, UK

Works In Progress

I am currently working on projects in Music and Medicine, Creative AI, and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music and Imagination.