Anthony Brandt is a composer, Artistic Director of the organization Musiqa, and Associate Professor at Rice University. He is a frequent speaker on music cognition and creativity. He has organized two international conferences at the Shepherd School on "Exploring the Mind through Music," most recently in 2011. He is currently a principal investigator in a stroke recovery research program at Houston Methodist's Center for Performing Arts Medicine. His TEDx talk on "Why Minds Need Art" is viewable at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHiRXvPKiFw.