Welcome to the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab. The lab is focused on the relationship between music, language, and social development. We facilitate the exchange of ideas between faculty members in neuroscience, psychology, education, audiology, speech-language pathology, medicine, music, engineering, and undergraduate and graduate students. Our lab employs a variety of behavioral and physiological methods in our research including electroencephalography, eye-tracking, speech analysis, neuroimaging, genetics, behavioral coding, and various standardized and experimental assessment measures.
Dr. Reyna Gordon, PhD is the Director of the Music Cognition Lab. The lab is comprised of an interdisciplinary team focused on exploring the role of rhythm in language development and disorders from behavioral, cognitive, neural, and genetic perspectives. Our research examines the relationship between rhythm and grammar skills in typical development and specific language impairment, the neural mechanisms underlying rhythm and grammar skills, the genetics of language disorders, and how musical training can improve language skills.
Miriam Lense, PhD, co-director of the Music Cognition Lab leads research on the development of rhythmic entrainment and the relationships between music and social communication and engagement in individuals with and without developmental disorders. Research themes include the role of rhythm in social communication and engagement, modulation of emotion and arousal levels via musical experiences, parent-child musical engagement experiences, and atypical sensory processing and musical engagement in individuals with developmental disorders, particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Williams syndrome.