Assistant professor of Educational Neuroscience "The music in me "
Being a researcher and academic for the last 15 years of my life, he has worked in major research institutes, including Harvard, UCL London and now the Canadian University Dubai (CUD) to scientifically acknowledge and decode this exact point: music’s power in life and more specifically its impact on the brain.
There are almost 7 billion souls/brains on planet earth able to equally in numbers - or probably in more ways - feel, appreciate and create music.
My research and academic oeuvre mostly focuses in the very first steps of life development - the babies - although I also run global projects in the biological perception of emotion in music, as well as projects referring to rehabilitation methods through music on certain diseases - like Trisomy 8 and Parkinson’s.
Starting from the very first lullabies we hear from our parents in our infancy, reaching up to the automatic yet constant decoding and analysis of the sound stimuli existing all around us, music indeed plays a major role in our lives, impacting directly both our psychology and biology. Evidence show that the human body is clearly made to receive and understand music very early in life; even before birth. Music and sound analysis and appreciation comes in life long before language, and this fact drives us, as researchers, to biologically investigate the underlying mechanisms of this fundamental element of life.
What is the global biological benefit of music and why do we need to research this, someone might ask then?
Music could be all these basic, organised sounds coming from our surroundings as well as our inner being (heart beats, ear-worms, or musical self expression for example) synthesising and pinpointing the substance of cultural and psychological effects that music entails throughout its different styles and trends existing in society. Having said that, it should be noted that what is real music for someone might consist an awful sound for someone else. Nevertheless, all individuals - apart from a very small cohort of almost a 100.000 showcasing congenital amusia - are able to biologically perceive and appreciate music, hence to alter their brain structure and function due to music’s properties. Therefore, in the neuroscience field of music’s study, we use the latest brain imaging equipment and techniques to reach to valuable results and understanding on these aforementioned properties in order to benefit the brain’s advancement and rehabilitation process when needed.