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NYU Neuroscientist & Patti Smith Band Lead Guitarist Lenny Kaye to Play, and Talk, on Fear—April 19 at Rubin Museum

April 19, 2010

New York University neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux and Lenny Kaye, the lead guitarist of the Patti Smith Band, will discuss how fear is registered in the brain on Monday, April 19, 7 p.m., at the Rubin Museum of Art (150 W. 17th Street at 7th Avenue). The event—“How Do We Get Highly Strung?”—will include a presentation of scientific research and a musical performance.

Reporters interested in attending the sold-out event must contact Alanna Schindewolf, the Rubin Museum’s media relations coordinator, at 212.620.5000, ext. 335, or

LeDoux, director of NYU’s Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Fear and Anxiety, is part of a band, the Amygdaloids, comprised of NYU scientists. One of the band’s objectives is to increase awareness of mental health issues through promotion of research via music. It has released two CDs: “Heavy Mental” and “Theory of My Mind.” LeDoux’s published works include The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life and Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are.

Kaye, a musician, writer, and record producer, has been a guitarist for Patti Smith since her band's inception more than thirty years ago. The co-author of Waylon, the life story of Waylon Jennings, Kaye has worked in the studio with such artists as Suzanne Vega, Jim Carroll, Soul Asylum, Kristen Hersh, and Allen Ginsberg.


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NYU Neuroscientist & Patti Smith Band Lead Guitarist Lenny Kaye to Play, and Talk, on Fear—April 19 at Rubin Museum

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