My name is Samuel Mehr.


I'm a graduate student at Harvard, where I study the origins and functions of music. Put another way, I investigate what music is, how music works, and where music comes from.
 
I use a variety of methods from cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, and education, including behavioral experiments with infants and parents, ethnographic cross-cultural studies, large online experiments, and studies of people with rare genetic conditions.
 
My advisors are Howard Gardner and Liz Spelke, and
I also work with Max Krasnow and Steve Pinker. My main affiliations are with the Lab for Developmental Studies and the Evolutionary Psychology Lab, both in Harvard's Department of Psychology.
 
Outside of academia you can hear me perform on reeds at many venues including Boston’s Wang Theatre and Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse. I am an alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, grew up on one side of Cambridge (in Riverside), and now live on the other side (in Area 11). 
For more on my background, you can read this profile.

Looking for research experience? Please get in touch.
I'm always interested in hearing from RA candidates!
This is a picture of me. Jason took it.

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This is a picture of my brain. Anna and Alek took it.