Rhythm is a fundamental aspect of the universe at every level, and serves as a critical foundation for life on this planet. As we now understand it, brain function itself is dependent on complex rhythms of activity, which guides interactions between brain regions to generate synchronized neural networks from which our minds emerge. The goal of this collaborative project, Rhythm and the Brain, is to advance our understanding of the role of rhythm in higher-order brain function and also how we can influence brain rhythms through novel interventions (e.g., neuromodulation, rhythm training, video game training, neurofeedback). The ultimate goal is to improve cognition and mood in the healthy and impaired, thus positively impacting the quality of our lives.
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.
Founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, an Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory. His most recent studies explore how we may enhance our cognitive abilities, and/or prevent them from declining.
Grammy-award winning percussionist and ethnomusicologist, former drummer of the Grateful Dead and currently leader of the Mickey Hart Band. Scholar and author of books on the history of percussion, Mickey is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame; Mickey’s career has embodied his role as a rhythmist. He is a Trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.