Joseph LeDoux Plays a Song

Neuroscientist

Joseph LeDoux is a professor and a member of the Center for Neural Science and Department of Psychology at NYU. His work is focused on the brain mechanisms of emotion and memory. In addition to articles in scholarly journals, he is author of "The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life" and "Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are." He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the New York Academy of Science, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the recipient of the 2005 Fyssen International Prize in Cognitive Science. LeDoux is also a singer and songwriter in the rock band, The Amygdaloids.

Professor LeDoux is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.

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Question: Play a song for us. 

Joseph LeDoux: This is “Mind over Matter,” by the Amygdaloids, on our new CD, “Theory of my Mind.” 

Mind over matter, something I’m trying to do 
It’s just a little physics that keeps me apart from you. 

Mind over matter, something I’m trying to do 
Break down the space and time, to be together with you. 

I’m trying to will you here, find you wherever you are 
Locate your body, your soul, pull you in from afar 

Are you still in my time, or have you slipped away? 
Have you gone forward to die, living in another day? 

Well where am I to be? This isn’t time to move it on you see 
In the air violently, we’re in a place heavenly 

Wherever you are now, I’ll use my mind to find 
Know now that space or time, keeping me in line 

Mind over matter, it’s something I’m trying to do 
Just a little physics, that keeps me apart from you. 

Mind over matter, it’s something I trying to do 
Break down space and time, to be together with you 

Be together with you, 
Be together with you, 
Be together with you.

Recorded on May 5, 2010

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