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Sarah H

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate


music and memory, psychology, cognitive science, science and arts, neuroscience of music, music psychology, projects related to human aging

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Review of Music Training and Child Development

Learn about how music training impacts human development! You'll explore how, as we learn new skills in child development, our brains grow tremendously. In this project, you'll write a review paper that examines what evidence exists for the benefits of learning a musical instrument on child development, in terms of social, cognitive, emotional, or neural processes. You'll get hands-on experience conducting a formal literature review, learning how to read real research papers from professional neuroscientists and psychologists.

An interactive brain demonstrating our neural responses to music

Have you ever wondered what is happening in your brain when you listen to your favorite playlists? In this project, you'll delve into the neural processes that underly a pleasant music listening experience. Create a 3-dimensional brain model to show the regions of our brain that are active when listening to a favorite, or memory-evoking, piece of music. Learn about the different areas of the brain and visually demonstrate which areas are active when you're listening to your favorite artists, whether that is Bach or Cardi B!

Coding skills

Python, R, Matlab, SQL

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