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Maitreyi Bharath

Leigh High SchoolClass of 2025San Jose, California


Hello! My name is Maitreyi Bharath. I am a high school sophomore. I love music, math, and biology, particularly genetics and neuroscience. My research topic explores how different genres of music affect our brain behavior. I'm excited to be able to research, publish, and continue to explore the biology world and music world in even more depth!


  • "Effects of Vocal Music on Cognitive Ability and Neurodivergence" with mentor Liz (Working project)

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Effects of Vocal Music on Cognitive Ability and Neurodivergence

Started Oct. 9, 2023

Abstract or project description

Many people listen to music while working or studying. Research shows that music has many potential benefits for productivity and learning. In a previous study, jazz instrumental music was shown to increase working memory efficiency and thereby boost reading comprehension ability. This study investigates the effects of six genres of vocal music on cognitive abilities as a follow-up to the previous research on the effects of jazz instrumental music on cognition. The study will examine reading comprehension and working memory. The study also investigates how music may affect neurodivergent individuals with conditions such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism spectrum disorder differently compared to neurotypical individuals. Data will be statistically analyzed for significant differences between genres to evaluate which genres of music may have a large impact on productivity and learning.