September 26, 9-10 am @ The Yamada Room at The Curb Center at Vanderbilt: Music Research Forum Talk 

all-nea-labs.jpgJoint VUMC and VU National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs Discussion
Members of the NEA Research Labs from Vanderbilt University (The Arts, Creativity, Cognition and Learning) and VUMC (Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being) will discuss the projects, approaches, and methods of their respective Research Labs as a window into the multiple conceptual and methodological frameworks for approaching research into the arts. Discussants include researchers from VUMC, VU, Northwestern, and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. Information on the respective labs’ projects can be found at their websites:


May 23, 2-3 pm @ The Yamada Room at The Curb Center at Vanderbilt: Music Research Forum Talk - "Behavioral Coding in Music Research"

sara-beck.jpgSara Beck, PhD

Guests Dr. Sara Beck and student Alex Conway of Randolph College will present on "Behavioral Coding of Children's Musical Engagement in a Classroom Setting." Forum participants will participate in a discussion of behavioral coding approaches in different research settings.




Monday, April 15th and Wednesday, April 17th @ University of the Virgin Islands - VIUCEDD's 12th Annual Autism Conference

Dr. Miriam Lense will be giving the conference's keynote address on Music, the Brain, Child Development & Autism. Both Dr. Lense and Pablo Jaurez, MEd, BCBA, director of Vanderbilt TRIAD, will be giving breakout session talks. Dr. Lense's breakout talk is on "Music and Social Emotional Well-Being: Research and Clinical Applications". Pablo Juarez's breakout talk is on "The Nashville Approach: Developing Community Driven Expectations of Inclusion".


Saturday, February 9th and Saturday, April 20th 9:30-10:30 am - Nashville Symphony Sensory Friendly Concert Recruitment Event

The Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab will be at the Nashville Symphony's Sensory Friendly Concert on February 9th and April 20th. We will have a table with crafts and other activities. Come to learn more about our research studies!


April 5, 2:30 pm @ The Yamada Room at The Curb Center at Vanderbilt: Music Research Forum Talk - "The Visual Music of Synaesthesia: Perception, Cognition, and Abstract Art"

polina-dimova.jpgPolina Dimova, PhD

Vanderbilt University, Visiting Scholar

Artists and scientists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century were fascinated with synaesthesia: the figurative or physiological mixing of the senses.  They experimented with blending colors, sounds, and shapes in their art, or studied scientifically the phenomenon of 'color-hearing.' But what led to the discovery of synaesthesia in the 1800s, and what can we learn from its early research? Polina Dimova will discuss the intersection of experimental science and multisensory art in the theories of synaesthesia that led to the emergence of abstract art in the early twentieth century and will focus on Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Kupka's abstract paintings of music.  The talk will also introduce the time's methods for investigating synaesthesia and will engage the audience in testing their effectiveness for studying multisensory art and music.

Bio: Polina Dimova is a scholar of Russian and European Modernist literature, music, and art.  She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and has since taught at Berkeley, Vanderbilt, and Oberlin College. She was recently awarded an ACLS Fellowship to complete her book on synaesthesia "At the Crossroads of the Senses" (forthcoming with Penn State UP), and will be joining the University of Denver as an Assistant Professor of Russian in Fall 2019. 

December 13, 2018, 12 pm @ VUMC: Music Research Forum Talk - "Music, Language, & Cognition:  The Effects of Structured Systems on Learning and Processing"

foto_profilo.pngSamantha Emerson, PhD

Georgia State University




September 5, 2018: Music Research Forum Talk

foto_profilo.pngAndrea Ravignani, PhD

Sealcentre Pieterburen, The Netherlands, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel




August 9, 2018: Presentation at APA 2018 Convention: "Musical and Social Engagement in Autism Spectrum Disorder". Arts-Based Interventions for Youth With Autism – A Focus on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Art

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San Francisco, CA



August 3, 2018: Community Research Partners (CRP) event: "The SeRenade Program: Parents, Peers, and Musical Play for Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"

crp.jpgMeharry-Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core, Nashville TN

Friday August 3, 8:30-10 am
TN Disability Coalition
955 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
(Additional parking behind building)

Please RSVP to or call 615-963-2817
Light Breakfast Provided. This event is open to the public.


May 31, 2018: Music Research Forum Talk - Cognitive links between rhythm perception and reading: a behavioral and neuroimaging investigation

Ola_Ozernov-Palchik2.jpgOla Ozernov-Palchik, PhD

Massachusetts Institute of Technology