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.
Lab Leadership. The Lab is co-Directed by Dr. Reyna Gordon and Dr. Miriam Lense.
Dr. Reyna Gordon, PhD leads our Rhythm & Grammar Group, 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 leads our Music & Social Engagement Group. Their research is focused 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.