Neuroscientists truly are rock stars. And, apparently, some are *literally* rockstars, or at least grasping desperately at it. Meet Joseph LeDoux’s band, The Amygdaloids:
Joseph LeDoux, Daniela Schiller, and Nina Galbraith Curely are neuroscientists who study emotion and memory functions of the brain, and Tyler Volk is an environmental scientist who has also written about mind and brain. Their original songs are about mental life and mental disorders (Mind-Body Problem, An Emotional Brain, If You Want Your Brain to Last). They also cover other “heavy mental” tunes like Manic Depression, 8 Miles High, and 19th Nervous Breakdown. When all else fails, they slip into the blues for. Newsday, not surprisingly, describes The Amygdaloids as “Heavy Mental.”
Yes, their songs are about brains, neurons, and mental disease.
Yes, it is incredibly nerdtastic.
You know you want to listen to Joseph Ledoux sing to a casiotone melody. Think William Shatner singing in his heyday.
(Hat tip Lisa.)