October 31, 2:30-3:30 pm @ The Yamada Room at The Curb Center at Vanderbilt: Music Research Forum Talk: "Studying Music Genetics Using Twins: Preliminary Findings on the Genetic Overlap Between Music and Cognition in Early Adolescence"
Dan Gustavson, PhD
My talk will outline the basics of the twin approach, and how we can use longitudinal twin data to examine questions related to music genetics. My preliminary work will describe the genetic/environmental overlap between musical instruments, singing, and dancing experiences at age 12 (N~800 twins). I'll also show some phenotypic and genetic/environmental associations between age 12 musicality and cognitive abilities at age 12 (verbal and nonverbal IQ) and age 16 (vocabulary, executive function).