Singing Brain

Welcome to Singing Brain, a new OPEN series about neuroscience and music. There is a long history of art having a positive impact on certain parts of our brain. In this series, we will explore these effects by reviewing the latest research and interviewing experts in this field. The goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire viewers through short video segments on our Singing Brains. 

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In this episode of the Singing Brain, we welcome the accomplished Psyche Loui, a psychology and neuroscience researcher. She is an assistant professor at Northeastern University and the Director of the Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Lab. She explains how she grew interested in neuroscience and music, different types of music therapy, and the effects of music on attention span among other topics. It was a delight having Psyche on the show to discuss her extensive knowledge on music and the brain.


In this episode of the Singing Brain, Dr. Amy Belfi explains her research regarding music preferences and how music can improve our commutes. Dr. Belfi is an assistant professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa. She has worked with notable companies such as Ford and Spotify in addition to doing her own research about how music influences our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Dr. Belfi has studied a wide array of topics related to music and neuroscience, and it was a pleasure having her on the show. 


Our first episode of the Singing Brain features Dr. Edmarie Guzmán-Vélez who is an accomplished researcher in the Alzheimer's Disease field. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from University of Iowa and currently holds the position of Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. In this episode, Dr.Guzmán-Vélez explains her research involving music and Alzheimer’s Disease. We discuss why we enjoy music, how it affects our memory, and how helpful it can be for our brains.