Music, Mind, Body and Brain
Toiviainen Petri (University of Jyväskylä, UJ); Huotilainen Minna (University of Helsinki, UH) and Särkämö Teppo (UH)
The Centre of Excellence in Music, Mind, Body and Brain studies music as a multimodal human experience and as a versatile engine of change, throughout the life span and in health and disease. The research of the CoE is multidisciplinary and empirical, merging both basic and applied research perspectives. The research is a combination of cognitive musicology, psychology, education, therapy, computer science and cognitive neuroscience.
The researchers will determine how the cognitive, emotional, embodied and interactional experience of music and the brain mechanisms underlying it change over the course of human life and in different disorders. They will also determine how music-based interventions can be optimised to enhance learning and emotional, cognitive, motor and social wellbeing in educational, everyday and rehabilitation settings. Another aim is to explore what individual, contextual, psychological and neural mechanisms explain the efficacy of music.