Dr. Jessica Grahn joined the Psychology department and Brain and Mind Institute at Western in 2011. She has degrees in Neuroscience and Piano Performance from Northwestern University, as well as a PhD from the University of Cambridge University (conducted at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit). She has received the Charles Darwin Award in Public Communication of Science from the British Science Association, the Early Researcher Award from the Ontario government, and a New Investigator Award from CIHR. Her research is supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation (through an Understanding Human Cognition Scholar Award), the GRAMMY foundation, Parkinson Society Canada, BrainsCAN, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and all three major Canadian research councils.
January 11th, 2022 | Season 1 | 48 mins 27 secs
basal ganglia, beat, movement disorders, music, parkinson's disease, rhythm
We talk about the neuroscience of music with Dr. Jessica Grahn, with a special attention to rhythm and beat. Beat perception relies on both auditory and motor systems, including the basal ganglia, which may relate to effects of music in patients with Parkinson’s Disease. We also talk about beat perception in birds and other animals, and why some people might be better at beat perception than others.