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What does Geography have to do with Song Preference?

October 11, 2017
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I was recently inspired by an episode of the Revisionist History podcast to explore musical characteristics associated with “sad” music. This particular episode stimulated some other thoughts as well, in particular the role of geography and song preference.
Where does this come from? In the podcast episode, host Malcolm Gladwell explored characteristics associated with specific genres—more […]

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World Congress-bound: A Preview

July 2, 2017
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I blog this morning from a hotel room outside the LAX airport. In 6 hours I’ll be on a flight again and, should all go smoothly, in 17 hours will be touching down at Narita airport in Tokyo. From there I make the hourlong bus ride north to Tsukuba, Japan to attend the 15th World Congress […]

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Summer Reading Challenge, Part 1: Neurodiversity and Movement Differences

June 13, 2017
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Academic life makes for a busy 40 weeks. These include the 32 weeks of actual classes, meetings, defenses, and grading, along with the extra 8ish weeks of course prep and semester wrap-up.
These 40 weeks leave me busy enough there’s little to no time for non-teaching related activity. (Long-time readers may have noticed my blogging schedule […]

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Pomp and Circumstance-inspired Musings

May 13, 2017
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I am fresh off the annual academic tradition of the commencement ceremony. With its academic regalia, inspirational speeches, decorated caps, air horns, and (of course) music, this event marks a concrete moment in life when one transitions into a new role—student to professional, student back to (law/medical/grad) student, student scholar to professional academic.
I enjoy the […]

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Seasons Greetings with the 2016 Moore Holiday Video Card

December 26, 2016

From my family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year!

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[PsychToday] The Soothing Balm of Music

November 20, 2016
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I finally cried over Hillary Clinton’s loss last Sunday morning when watching Kate McKinnon (as Clinton) hauntingly sing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on SNL. Though there were likely multiple factors involved in this emotional release—fatigue from travel, disbelief over recent political events, a physical and emotional letdown following a week-long professional conference—what ultimately put me over […]

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[PsychToday] #BecauseofArtsEd: Arts Education and Me

September 14, 2016
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It will come as no surprise to those who follow my blog posts that I am a big proponent of arts education. I’ve blogged about the reported benefits of including arts in education, have provided ideas of engaging young kids in music, and have highlighted the intrinsic benefits of being trained as a musician.

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In Defense of Extrinsic Benefits…?

August 11, 2016
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Another summer means another opportunity to catch up on a little book reading. This summer’s reading list was inspired by my upcoming teaching and writing commitments. Two books in particular sparked musings on a topic I haven’t yet blogged about (at least not directly), but about which I’ve had numerous conversations with music therapists and […]

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[PsychToday] Music for Productive Creativity

May 6, 2016
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Arguably, one of music’s most salient characteristics is the impact it has on our emotions. What if this impact can be used in an intentional way to boost creative flow?
I had an interesting conversation last week with an airplane seat mate…read more.

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