About Dr. Grahn
_I am a cognitive neuroscientist who studies music, appointed as an associate professor in the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at Western University, in London, Ontario. Before, I was at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, England, and an Associate Lecturer in Biological Psychology with the Open University. (And a little tip: Grahn rhymes with "on", not "an").
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June: OGS scholarship to Tram Nguyen
Congratulations to PhD student Tram Nguyen for receiving an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the next two years.
June: Collaborative Health Research Project grant
Dr. Kara Patterson (U Toronto) and Dr. Grahn were awarded a Canada Health Research Partnership grant, along with Co-Investigators Dr. Joyce Chen (Sunnybrook) and Dr. Vince DePaul (Toronto Rehab). The grant will study the relationship of temporal gait asymmetry to rhythm abilities in patients who have had a stroke.
May: Article in The Atlantic Magazine
Can music be used as medicine? Includes quotes from music neuroscientists Dr. Zatorre and Dr. Grahn
May: Music, memorization, and the brain
How do musicians perform such amazing memory feats on a regular basis? Dr. Grahn explores the brain's role in the classical tradition of musical memorization, in an article for the BBC Proms magazine.
May: SOLUNA festival
Dr. Grahn will give a lecture at the Dallas Symphony SOLUNA festival. If you want to listen to her, join the Music and the Brain lecture.
Where: Dallas, Perot Museum Of Nature and Science
When: Saturday, May, 16th, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
NSERC Scholarship to Avital Sternin
Congratulations to our Master's student Avital Sternin for receiving NSERC CGSM for the next year.
Dr. Grahn was part of two panel discussions of "Alive Inside" screenings recently. One was hosted by the Alzheimer Society of London & Middlesex in January, and the second by the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors in Toronto in April.
March 2015: science meets ...
Dr. Grahn is giving a talk about "Music as Personalized Medicine" at the SXSW festival in Austin.
Where: Austin, Texas
When: March 17, 2015
Dr. Grahn talks about "We got the Beat. Rhythm and Music in the Brain" at the When Art meets Science Seminar of the Jazz Maastricht Festival
Where: Maastricht, Netherlands
When: March 21, 2015
Feb 28: Rhythm and Timing Symposium
The Grahn Lab is very happy to host the very first "Rhythm and Timing Symposium" as an informal gathering for researchers interested in the perception, production, and cognitive neuroscience of rhythm and timing, and related topics. The Symposium is hosted at Western University on February 28, 2015 and attendees come from labs across Canada and the US.
Keynote Speaker is Dr. Hugo Merchant from Universidad Autónoma Nacional de México.
February 2015: Rhythm perception and the motor system
Dr. Grahn is speaking at the 44th Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment (L.O.V.E.) Conference.
Where: Niagara Falls
When: February 5-6, 2015
New postdoctoral fellows
The Music and Neuroscience Lab is very happy to welcome two new Postdocs to our Lab.
Welcome Dr. Lucy McGarry coming from the "SMART lab" at Ryerson University and Dr. Molly Henry from the "Auditory Cognition" research group at the MAX Planck Institute Leipzig!
Dr. Grahn granted Understanding Human Cognition Award from McDonnell Foundation
Dr. Grahn received one of eight awards worldwide in Human Cognition from the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The funds will support a range of projects in the lab over six years.
Dr. Grahn granted tenure
Congratulations from our whole lab to Dr. Jessica Grahn on being granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor from July 1, 2015.
October 2014: The Musical Brain Conference and iMed
Dr. Grahn will be giving a talk at at the innovating Medicine (iMed) Conference in Lisboa, followed by a talk at the Musical Brain Conference about Mozart and the Musical Memory.
Where: Lisboa, Portugal
When: October 10-12, 2014
Where: London, Great Britain
When: October 24, 2014
Two awards from Parkinson Society Canada
The Music and Neuroscience Lab received a Pilot Project Grant and a CIHR priority award for research into the effects of music on gait, and what neural pathways allow music to alter gait in healthy adults as well as patients with Parkinson's Disease..
Dan Alferov in the News!
Dan Alferov, a volunteer researcher in the Brain and Mind Institute, represented Canada at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. He was awarded with the International Honor Society in Psychology award.
Read more about his research and accomplishments in these recent news articles:
Let’s face it, he’s No. 1
London teenager developing psychological test that can read your emotions
*BMI Postdoc Positions Available*
The Brain and Mind Institute (BMI) has funding available for 5 new postdoctoral fellows., open to work with any BMI advisor (including Dr. Grahn!).
Congratulations to PhD students Dan Cameron and Tram Nguyen for winning full scholarships to The Neurosciences and Music conference in Dijon this May!
June 2014: IAMM 2014
Dr. Grahn will be giving a talk at the 3rd international conference of the International Association for Music and Medicine (IAMM).
Where: Toronto, Ontario
When: June 24-27, 2014
May 2014: Minds on Minds Symposium
Dr. Grahn will be speaking at the Faculty of Education's very first Education-Neuroscience Symposium.
Where: Ivey Business School, 1225 Western Rd, London, ON
When: May 23, 2014
April 2014: Sex, Drugs and Rock-and-Roll
Dr. Grahn is giving a talk at Western University's Public Lectures series on the effects of music on human movement.
Where: Stevenson & Hunt Meeting Room A, London Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, ON
Admission: free; no registration required
When: April 10, 17 and 24 2014, 7-8:30 p.m
March 2014: Science in Society Speaker Series
Dr. Grahn is giving a talk on 'Why We Move To Music' at the Science and Society Speaker Series on March 13, 2014.
Where: Okanagan Science Center, Vernon, BC
Admission: $7, in advance; $10, at door
November: Grahn Lab attends Parkinson Regional Conference
Li-Ann Leow, Cloris Xue, and Cricia Rinchon of the Grahn Lab attended the Parkinson Regional Conference at the Hilton London to recruit participants for research studies on Parkinson's Disease. Snapd London.
September: Postdoctoral position available
We have a postdoctoral fellow opening in our lab. Closing date September 30th (but late applications will be considered).
July: Dr. Grahn interviewed for "The New Brain"
In The New Brain, Maclean’s best writers examine the most intriguing ideas about the body’s most complex organ. Dr. Grahn comments on the possible origins of the special musical abilities in humans, and how music and language may have evolved together. She also discusses the role of music in infancy. The New Brain is available online or at newstands now.
April: Dr. Grahn speaks at TEDxWestern
Does music make you smarter? Should babies listen to music to improve their brain development? The answers to these questions and more...
Watch the full talk here--currently over 20,000 views!
A recent interview about Mozart effect.
March: Dr. Grahn speaks at TEDxWaterloo
How do human responses to rhythm compare to other animals? What goes on in our brains when we're listening to music?
Watch the full talk here.
March: Working out to music (Scientific American)
Let's Get Physical: The Psychology of Effective Workout Music
New research clarifies why music and exercise make such a good team, and how to create an optimal workout playlist. Dr. Grahn contributes.
By Ferris Jabr