Here is is list of some of the most important centres for worldwide research connected to culture, the brain, health and teaching:

Fredrik Ullén

Fredrik Ullén is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, since 2010. His research focuses on the neuropsychology of expertise and creativity, i.e. the various brain mechanisms that allow us to perform at a very high level within a specific field, using music as a model domain. Methodologically his team combines neuroimaging with experimental psychology and behavior genetic analyses. He is currently heading a larger research programme, Humans Making Music, that involves collaborations with the Swedish Twin Registry and other research groups both within and outside Sweden.

In addition to his career as a scientist, Professor Ullén is active as a professional pianist. He has performed as a soloist in leading festivals and concert venues in most European countries, Canada, and the US. He is represented on more than 20 CD records, many of which have received outstanding critics and awards from the international press. Professor Ullén is a lifetime fellow of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music since 2007.

Harvard: The Institute for Music and Brain Science

The Institute for Music and Brain Science. based at Harvard Medical School (Massachusets), is a whole institute founded specifically for music and the brain research and including nobel prize winner David Huber and Beatles producer Georg Martin in the advisory board. The Mind, Brain and Education programe, with Kurt Fischer as director is also located at Harvard.

Baltimore: Neuro Education Initiative

Located at the  Johns Hopkins University is the Neuro Education Initiative to create a dialogue between Pedagogy and Neuroscience. One of the founders is the initiative’s director, Mariale Hardiman (photo). At the same University  Charles Limb, has examined, among other things, where in the brain musical creativity is located.


Montreal: BRAMS

BRAMS is a research centre for the Brain, Music and Sound in Montreal, Canada. Among other discoveries, Robert Zatorre (at McGill-University) has shown that different areas of the brain are active in anticipation of a piece of music’s climax, and Isabelle Peretz (photo), at the international laboratory at Montreal University who has, among other things, shown that music can have a drastic pain reducing effect.


California: The Brain and Creativity Institute

The Brain and Creativity Institute is located at the University of Southern Califonia. There Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio (photo), have conducted a lot of research about how the brain works with feelings and decision making.


In Berlin  Stefan Koelch and his colleagues study the musical brain. Tom Fritz at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig researches how we experience music, and also Angela Friederichi, who studies language and the brain.


Great Britain

In London Psychologists and Neuroscientists collaborate in the Musik, Mind and Brain Group to discover how the brain and nerve system work when we perform and enjoy music. At Cambridge University The Centre for Neuroscience in Education is located, where Usha Goswami is director.


Fredrik Ullén (photo) works at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and studies how the brain is effected by making music, and Torkel Klingberg, who studies how learning effects the nervous system. Lars Nyberg in Umeå studies how we store memories, and how different activities effect our ability to think as we get older.


Other interesting researchers and groups:

Madeleine Hackney (photo) at Atlanta Vision Loss Center researches the healing effects of dance and movement to music.

Rumyana Kristeva at Freiburg University heads a group that research Parkinson’s Disease, including dance as a form of treatment.

Hubert Dinse in Bochum is interested in how dance effects the cognitative abilities in the elderly.

Joan Y Chiao, Northwestern University, Chicago, studies the pychological and neurological processes behine feelings and our daily interaction with other people

Peter Vuust heads The Center for Music in the Brain at Aarhus University, the first research centre of its kind in Europe.

Nina Kraus heads The Auditory neuroscience laboratory at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


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