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[PsychToday] Music and the Shopper

December 3, 2014
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It seems like a tradition, now, one that begins slightly before Halloween. I read it in Facebook status updates, hear it from my friends, even catch myself thinking it. “It” is the annual I-can’t-believe-I’m-hearing-Christmas-music-in-the-stores-already complaint that begins right around mid-October and continues through Thanksgiving…Read more (Image courtesy of photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)
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How My Elementary School Teacher Helped Me Explain Data Collection Development

October 9, 2014
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Data collection seems to be a pervasive challenge for the music therapy student, intern, and even clinician. Whether it’s for a music therapy assessment, a regular music therapy session, or a periodic evaluation process, it can be difficult to collect client information in a meaningful and functional way that allows for accuracy, some level of [...]

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Which Came First, the Music or the Musical? A Visual History of MT Language

July 31, 2014
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This morning, my husband—an avid reader of the New York Times—shared with me a tool on the NYT site that got the nerd in me really excited. This tool, called Chronicle, allows you to visually track language usage in the NYT since its launch in 1860. You insert keywords and/or phrases and the program graphs [...]

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[PsychToday] Can Moving Together Rhythmically Combat Toddler Selfishness?

July 2, 2014
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Take a moment and think of all the ways we interact rhythmically with children. We rock. We bounce. We dance. We walk. It seems the developmental benefits of this intuitive, simple play may extend farther then we thought.
New Research: Motor Synchrony and Prosocial Development
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Musings on Music and Science

April 16, 2014
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I love quick-and-dirty resources that provide valuable information in an accessible format. In that spirit, I want to share this great resource recently published by the music therapy team at Neurorhythm Music Therapy. Their interactive map of the brain provides brief overviews of music’s effect on different parts of the brain with a click of [...]

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Musings on the State of Music Therapy Research: Strengths, Challenges, and Future Directions

March 18, 2014
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Earlier this month I invited Dr. Michael Anestis, a clinical psychologist and researcher, to share his perspectives on music therapy research. By his own admission, his area of focus is mental health research—which omits the medical, rehabilitation, developmental, wellness, and preventive areas of focus in music therapy research—but I felt he had fair and valid [...]

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[Guest Post] Emerging Research: Music Therapy and Disorders of Consciousness

February 17, 2014
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I first met Julian O’Kelly at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference in Toronto last August. Julian is a man of many talents—music therapist, clinician, researcher, PhD student, speaker, and professional pianist. It was through circustance that we ended up co-presenting with our respective PhD mentors at the SMPC conference, but it turned [...]

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[PsychToday] Music, Your GPS Voice, and the Science of Timbre

November 1, 2013
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“Timbre” is a rather difficult-to-define yet hard-to-ignore concept. When it comes to musical timbre, I have described it before as the color of sound. It’s the quality of the sound we hear that helps us differentiate between a flute, a violin, and a tuba . . . Read more
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SMPC 2013 Wrap-up and Reflections

August 13, 2013
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I have recently returned from the 2013 meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC), which was held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. On the first leg of my return trip, I was asked by the gentleman sitting next to me to share the “one big thing” I learned at this conference.
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