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.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENT: On June 12th, 2014, Vanderbilt will host the Music and the Brain Symposium and Research Exhibition. Click here to learn more about the event.