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Reyna L. Gordon, PhD

Investigating a shared neurobiological basis for rhythm and grammar traits: groundwork and new horizons

Reyna L. Gordon, PhD

Associate Director, Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Adding to a substantial body of evidence that has accumulated in favor of a certain degree of shared neural resources for language and music, a new wave of research focuses specifically on associations between rhythm skills and grammatical competence in childhood language development. This talk approaches the investigation of rhythm and grammar traits from three angles: individual differences, clinical music intervention, and a potentially shared genetic basis. Recent literature and new findings that examine relations between musical rhythm, speech rhythm, spoken grammar, and auditory working memory will be presented. The study design and pilot results from a new rhythm-based music intervention called Music Impacting Language Expertise (MILEStone) for children with grammatical impairments will be explored. Finally, I will present an emerging framework for studying the genetic basis of rhythm deficits as a potential underlying factor in childhood language impairment. 

Simon Fisher will be hosting a visit by Reyna L. Gordon, PhD. Dr. Gordon is a cognitive neuroscientist and Director of the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab, where she studies the genetics and brain mechanisms underlying individual differences in music abilities, and how they relate to language and social skills. Everyone who is interested, is invited to her guest lecture.

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Where and when:
16:00-17:00 Jul 6, 2017
Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Kapittelweg 29, Red Room
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