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|Leading music cognition researchers gathered recently at Ingram Hall at
the Blair School of Music for the biennial meeting of the Society of
Music Perception and Cognition, sponsored in part by the Program for
Music, Mind and Society at Vanderbilt. |
Photo: Vanderbilt University News
A cross-disciplinary team that includes five different schools or colleges at Vanderbilt was recently awarded $200,000 in Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) funding over the next two years to create a new program to study the effects of music on the mind.
The Program for Music, Mind, and Society at Vanderbilt will harness the teaching and research resources of the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, Peabody College, College of Arts and Science, School of Engineering and the Blair School of Music. It will become a centralized infrastructure to support current research about the science of music and inspire new cutting-edge research collaborations.
“There is no other university in the nation better poised with relationships of faculty talent, music interest and location to create such a special program,” said the program’s lead organizer and principal investigator, Ron Eavey, M.D., the Guy M. Maness Professor and chair of Otolaryngology and director of the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center.
Scientists know that music inspires people, changes their mood and affects their behavior. The program will allow them to delve deeper into the science behind that, including behavioral studies and neuroimaging, bringing together multiple disciplines, including Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine, Education and Music Performance. The program is creating seminars, research discussion groups, online tools and outreach projects to facilitate these aims.
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Source: Vanderbilt University News