LASER Boston – Sensory Overload

What do multi-sensory perception and synesthesia reveal about our perceptual realities? Answering these questions and more as we hear from three speakers across the arts and sciences.

Event Details


swissnex Boston
420 Broadway, Cambridge , Massachusetts 02138 United States


February 7, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST



How does multi-sensory perception function in the brain? What does synesthesia reveal about our perceptual realities? Can software-driven music change our perception of time, place, and space?

On February 7th, LASER Boston will explore these questions and more as we hear from three speakers across the arts and sciences. With the ultimate goal of fostering cross-disciplinary discovery and dialogue, this event will feature Neoperceptions co-founders Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brodi Elwood, psychology and neuroscience researcher Psyche Loui, and musician and performance artist Marcel Zaes.

Presented by swissnex Boston and SciArt Initiative.


6:00 pm – Community Networking
Speakers and audience members are welcome to join in a pre-talks networking session.

6:30 pm – Talks
Three 12 min segments followed by a Q&A

7:30 pm – Networking Reception
Stick around to continue the discussion over drinks and snacks.


Thomas Sanchez Lengeling and Brodi Elwood

Thomas Sanchez Lengeling is a scientist, artist, and engineer and is currently a researcher at the City Science Group at the MIT Media Lab and at the MIT Physics Department. His research is in the intersection between science, art, and technology. He works in mobility, urban planning, artificial intelligence, wearable technology, immersive experiences, music, and educational outreach. His interest in creating experiences that will allow people to change their perspective about the world by blending an extra perceptual experience in digital information. His education works focus on inspiring and mentoring the future generation of scientists and innovators in Latin America through international scientific networks.

Brodi Elwood graduated from MIT Physics Department with a focus on dark matter and axions. He is also a researcher at the MIT nuclear science department.

Psyche Loui
“Music as a Window into Emotion and Creativity”

Psyche Loui is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University, with a focus in psychology and neuroscience, where she is also the Director of MIND Lab. Loui earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, after earning her BA in Psychology and Music, and certificate in Neuroscience from Duke University. She has since held faculty positions in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Integrative Sciences at Wesleyan University, and in Neurology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. When not doing research on how music can be used to understand the brain, Loui performs as a violinist in the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, a Boston-based orchestra that strives to heal the community through music, and in Folie a Quatre, a string quartet with mental health professionals.

Marcel Zaes
“Music, Time, Place and Space”

Marcel Zaes is an artist and artistic researcher, holding degrees from University of the Arts in Bern and Zurich University of the Arts, and has studied composition with Alvin Curran in Rome and with Peter Ablinger in Berlin. Zeas’ artistic practice explores the ways in which rhythm forms the basis for community, that is, rhythm affords the sociality that is traditionally called “making music together,” or “dancing together,” even if no such action is involved at all. He investigates mechanical time, its politics and its socio-cultural contexts with an interdisciplinary framework that encompasses sound and media studies, new technologies, critical race studies, and performance and dance studies. HIs work has been showcased at the at ISEA Hong Kong, the Center for New Music San Francisco, Goethe Institute New Delhi, Biennial of Contemporary Arts Lisbon, Cabaret Voltaire Zurich, and at Columbia University in New York. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in Music & Multimedia Composition at Brown University.