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Scientists and Symphony To Conduct Music and Brain Development Study

Young girl playing a violin in a school.

The University of Texas at Dallas

Stephen Fontenot


Cognitive neuroscientist, UTD assistant professor and BrainHealth researcher, Yune Lee, PhD, has begun an exciting new collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO). The project will investigate the influence of music education on the neurological development and academic performance of school-age children. Using electroencephalogram (EEG) data from students participating in the DSO's Kim Noltemy Young Musicians Program, this study seeks to expand research documenting how music training affects the brain. Participants will engage in year-long assessments, as researchers seek to quantify the impact of intensive music training in 50 participants. Cognitive tasks and other feedback will also help evaluate changes in the brain and behavior, in aims to demonstrate the lifelong benefits of childhood music learning.The study has gained funding for the initial year from the DSO, and Dr. Lee has applied for further support from the National Endowment for the Arts.Read the full article on UTD News Center

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Yune S. Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Director of Speech, Language, and Music (SLAM) Laboratory

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