Mary is a fourth year undergraduate at Vanderbilt University studying Psychology. She is interested in understanding how musical training can improve the language of those with developmental disorders or who have suffered neurological brain damage. In the lab, she is helping to create language transcriptions and aiding Dr. Lense in Serenade. Mary plans to earn a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology after her undergraduate career. In her free time, Mary enjoys writing music, hiking, and trying new coffee shops.
Child Development and Psychology
Rongyu Xin is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in child development and psychology with a minor in music. She is interested in the beneficial effects of music on the social engagement of children with autism spectrum disorder. In the lab, she is currently working with Dr. Miriam Lense and helping to code children’s behaviors. Rongyu hope to attend graduate school in the clinical psychology. In her free time, Rongyu enjoys playing the piano and guitar.
Cognitive Studies and Human & Organizational Development
Nia Goodman is a fourth year undergraduate student double majoring in Cognitive Studies and Human & Organizational Development. She is interested in seeing the effects of different musical interventions on sensitive populations such as the mentally ill. In the lab, she is currently working with Dr. Miriam Lense in coding children's behaviors and parental interviews. After graduation, Nia plans to attend law school and ultimately become a lawyer. In her free time, Nia enjoys playing the piano and baking with her sister.
Math and Psychology
Leyao Yu is a fourth year undergraduate at Vanderbilt University studying Math and Psychology with a minor in Violin Performance. She is currently helping with Rhythm & Grammar study visits and EEG data analysis to examine the differences between typically developing children and children with SLI. Leyao hopes to attend graduate school in the field of psychotherapy or clinical psychology. With the artistic side of her personality, she enjoys digital drawing, playing the violin, and doing ballroom dances.
Maya Martin-Gonzalez grew up in Western Massachusetts, and is currently a third year undergraduate at Vanderbilt University where she is studying Neuroscience and Piano Performance. She is a transfer student from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Maya is exploring her interests in research and is hoping to pursue topics relating to rhythm perception. In her free time, Maya enjoys climbing, cooking, playing piano, and going to concerts!
Mine is a third year undergraduate student from Istanbul, Turkey studying Neuroscience and French. She wants to pursue a graduate degree in Neuroscience in the future and is currently exploring her interest in research working with Dr. Miriam. She is interested in the connection between rhythm and development and how music can be used in more than one way to improve the social skills and lives of kids with disabilities. She has played piano and kanun, a Turkish string musical instrument, for many years, and she is interested to see how music affects brain development and social skills. In her free time, Mine enjoys hiking, watching movies, and knitting.