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Music in Development Disabilities/Rhythm and Language in Infancy

Miriam Lense
Research Instructor
Program for Music, Mind, and Society at Vanderbilt
1215 21st Avenue South
10420B Medical Center East, South Tower
Nashville, TN 37232
615-322-3086 (office)

Our research studies the rhythm of social communication and investigates how musical engagement impacts social development from infancy to adulthood. Directed by Dr. Miriam Lense, our research areas include the following:

Music in Developmental Disabilities

  • SERENADE investigates the potential of musical experiences as a tool to improve social communication and engagement in children with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
  • In the past, we have also used time-frequency and ERP analyses of EEG data to examine the dynamics of auditory perception and social cognition in developmental disabilities (Williams Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, and MECP2 duplication syndrome).

Rhythm and Language in Infancy

  • Our Infant Study examines interpersonal synchrony and visual and vocal attention through acoustic analysis, movement analyses, and eye-tracking.

For more information, please visit the lab website.