Which generates more happiness, music or comedy?


Edel Sanders, Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of New York in Prague examines if its music or comedy that will generate the most happiness by motivating the audience with a few examples of both. 

About the speaker

Fueled by her fascination with music, problem solving and the developing mind, Sanders earned a bachelor's degree (graduating summa cum laude) and two master's degrees (MA, EdM) from Columbia University all while performing, composing and teaching music, in addition to mathematics in New York. Following research at Columbia University's Arts Education Research Center, which documented the impact of music education on inner city children's academic performance, Sanders joined the INSTRUCT (Implementing New Student and Teaching Resources Using Cognitive Theory) research group at the University of Cambridge while pursuing a PhD in Education and Psychology. After moving to Prague, Edel became Chair and Lecturer of Psychology at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP) in 2014. Here, she continues to research cognition and learning in areas such as music, mathematics and altruistic behavior.