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Centre for Music and Science, Faculty of Music, Cambridge University, UK


Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine, University of Music, Drama and Media, Hannover, Germany


Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture and Learning, School of Music, University of Washington, USA


Harvard Medical School, USA


Children’s Hospital, Boston, USA


Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK


Music Cognition Group, Department of Musicology, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Max-Planck-Forschungsgruppe "Musikkognition und Handlung", Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany


Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Communication Sciences and Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA


Music Dynamics Laboratory, Center for Complex Systems & Brain Sciences, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA


Glasgow Caledonian Music Psychology Research Group, Department of Psychology, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK


Tennenbaum Family Center for the Biology of Creativity, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA, USA


The Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


Brain and Music Team,  Institute of Behavioural Sciences – Cognitive Brain Research Unit, University of Helsinki, Finland


Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, New York, USA








The Arts in Human Development Research Group aims to gather neuroscientific research to raise awareness of the relationship between the arts - in particular also music -, arts education  and the brain/mind and to explore the effects of the arts on human development in order to inform educational policies and arts participation strategies. 




Exploring the Mechanisms of Music Therapy

The Scientist, 01 March 2017

Brain Opioids Turned On by Music

PsychCentral.com  09 Feb 2017





The Brain as Muse: Bridging Art and Neuroscience

2017 - MIT Press


Contextualizing Dance Education 

Globally and Locally

In: The Palgrave Handbook of Global Arts Education, 2017 - Springer




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Finding Your Science - Music and the Brain

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory

Interview with Dr. Nina Kraus about how music can shape the brain. > Youtube link



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The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 ACTION AGENDA for Advancing the Arts in Education

Arts Education Partnership

“The Partnership has created The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success: A 2020 Action Agenda for Advancing the Arts in Education as a blueprint for systemic change and collective action.” 





The Arts and Human Development - 

Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being

White paper, National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


 “How do the arts help build us as a people and as individuals? We share a fundamental mission — how to improve the quality of life. The arts are central to human development.”