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The Science of Music Research: Creating a Program for Music, Mind, and Society

Program Overview

Music ResearchType: Vanderbilt Initiative Award (ViA)

Scientists, clinicians, musicians and leaders in the music industry are increasingly interested in understanding how music affects behaviors and perceptions. Emerging research shows that music perception, appreciation and practice can influence cognition, language, memory, emotional state and social cohesion. In addition, there is rapidly expanding interest in using music as a therapeutic tool to treat a variety of brain disorders ranging from autism to language impairments to Parkinson’s disease. Despite great thirst for knowledge in this domain, there is a surprising lack of trans-institutional research examining the biological impacts of music. Our location in “Music City,” where we have access to some of the most creative and innovative talents in music, offers the chance to create a trans-institutional platform for the study of music that would be unparalleled. Vanderbilt has a unique opportunity to become a world leader in this domain.

Faculty Participants

Principal Investigator in bold

Peabody College

School of Engineering

Blair School of Music

College of Arts & Science

  • Jay Clayton, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor, Department of English

School of Medicine

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