Susan Rogers, PhD, is a professor of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. She holds a doctorate in psychology from McGill University, where she studied music cognition and psychoacoustics under researchers Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams. Her research focuses on auditory memory, the perception of musical signals, and the influence of musical training on auditory development. For two decades prior to her science career, Rogers was one of the world's few women known for her work as a record producer, engineer, mixer, and audio electronics technician. Career highlights include years (1983–1988) as staff engineer for recording artist Prince and working with such diverse artists as Barenaked Ladies, David Byrne, Tricky, and Tevin Campbell.
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In this episode, we cover:
Intro: who's the second interviewer with Maya??Susan’s childhoodHow do kids come to like what they like?Working with Prince: tech to engineerImportant skills for audio engineeringComparing art and scienceWhy Susan left music to study psychologyGrad school & mentorsSusan’s new book: This Is What It Sounds LikeWhy you like the music you likeMusicians, bilinguals, and auditory processingWhat it takes to produce successful recordsAdvice for people interested in music and scienceFiguring out what you really wantand much more...Visit psychmic.com to sign up for the newsletter, where you'll get career tips, grad school resources, and job opportunities straight to your inbox! Follow @psych_mic on Instagram to submit questions for speakers and stay in the loop.
Music by: Adam Fine