Research on the Musical Brain

My research in music neuroscience examines how musical rhythm shapes the brain—and the body—from childhood, what can go wrong in the musical brain, and how music can be a tool for recovery and living well. Here are some samples of my work in the news.

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BABIES FEEL THE BEAT IN MUSIC

Published in the journal Science in 2005, this study was the first ever to show that the way in which we bounce babies to the beat shapes the way they hear the rhythm. Read NBC News.

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BORN TO DANCE, BUT BEATDEAF

Think you have no rhythm? In 2011 in the journal Neuropsychologia, I documented the world's first case of "beat deafness". Meet Mathieu, the guy who can't find the beat of music. Read NPR Music.

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COCHLEAR IMPLANT USERS MOVE IN TIME TO tHE DRUM

This study, published in Hearing Research in 2015, showed that Deaf individuals with cochlear implants can groove to the beat of music... especially when the music is drums. Read NPR Heatlth.