Music is as old as human history but, within the last decades, revolutionary scientific advances in psychology, genetics and brain imaging are making it possible to explore music and its effects in our lives in dramatically new ways. Studies in music cognition include listening, remembering, performing, learning, and composing music, as well as movement and dance. Behavioral studies and neuroimaging provide a window into the brain basis of music behaviors and their role in language and learning.  Research on music and the mind at Vanderbilt is advancing this knowledge base across multiple disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, medicine, education, and music performance.

What’s new with music and the brain research at Vanderbilt?

We are thrilled to announce the creation of a new cross-campus initiative, the Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt, funded by the Chancellor’s TIPs program. Read more about the new initiative here. Congratulations to the investigators on the grant:

  • Ron Eavey, MD, (PI), Director, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Institute and Chair, Otolaryngology
  • Mark Wallace, PhD, Director, Vanderbilt Brain Institute
  • Reyna Gordon, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology
  • Philippe Fauchet, PhD, Dean of the School of Engineering
  • Jay Clayton, PhD, Director of the Vanderbilt Curb Center
  • Elisabeth Dykens, PhD, Director of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
  • Marianne Ploger, Associate Professor at Blair School of Music
  • Emelyne Bingham, Senior Lecturer at Blair School of Music
  • Nicole Baganz, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vanderbilt Brain Institute

The investigators are working with a Network of over three dozen researchers across campus who are interested in music-related research. See Research for more information, and stay tuned for more news about this exciting new initiative!

Program for Music, Mind & Society is featured on the cover of the Nashville Scene!

Download our Music, Mind, and Society- November Newsletter!

Vanderbilt hosted the Society for Music Cognition and Perception (SMPC) conference from August 1-5, 2015. The conference began with our exciting Vanderbilt Music and Mind Kickoff to SMPC at the beautiful Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music on August 1, and then continued at the Scarritt Bennett Center on August 2 through 5.



















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