Michael A. Casey

"Listening Machines " (CBC National Radio)

“We imagine that we can close our eyes and relax and enjoy silence, except that, as the composer John Cage wrote about and explored in his own work, there really is no such thing as silence,” says Professor Michael Casey in a CBC radio interview about new consumer electronics that are always listening.

Casey is the James Wright Professor of Music and a professor of computer science.

Why Does Music Move Us So? (National Geographic)

The National Geographic blog Only Human writes about a Dartmouth study that looks at how people express emotions in music and how they express the same emotions in movement.

The researchers included Thalia Wheatley, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences; Beau Sievers, PhD student in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; Larry Polansky, the Jacob H. Strauss 1922 Professor in Music; and Michael Casey, the James Wright Professor and chair of the Department of Music.

According to the study, the magazine writes, “our cognitive connection to music may have evolved from an older skill, the ability to glean emotion from motion.”

Read the full story, published 12/18/12 by National Geographic.