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Education Archive

Musical Engagement in Language Impairment, Autism, and Williams Syndrome

Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. EST

Content Overview:

The study of music engagement provides a lens into cognitive, social, and emotional processing in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities while also demonstrating the potential for music to be harnessed for therapeutic purposes. In this webinar, we will discuss current research into musical engagement in individuals with developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on behavioral and brain correlates of music perception and production in individuals with specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, and Williams syndrome. The study of musical engagement can clarify phenotypic characteristics, provide opportunities for community involvement, and elucidate the active ingredients of music-based interventions in these populations. Future directions for this research, including current music-based intervention programs at the Program for Music, Mind, and Society for Vanderbilt, will be discussed.

Elisabeth Dykens, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Reyna Gordon, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Miriam Lense, PhD, Vanderbilt University