• IAM Lab Partners with Drexel University on Unique Study of Therapeutics Arts Using Virtual Reality

    Woman using virtual reality

    The International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab) of Johns Hopkins University recently teamed up with Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) on an innovative new study of the therapeutic potential of virtual reality. Led by Girija Kaimal, EdD, assistant professor in CNHP’s Creative Arts Therapies Department, and Susan Magsamen, executive director […]

  • The Healing Power of Music: Johns Hopkins Center Marries Music and Medicine

    “Music as Medicine. Medicine for Musicians.”

    Strumming a guitar

    Music has long been associated with mental, physical, and spiritual health. And someday soon, doctors may start prescribing their patients a dose of music to accompany more conventional medicine. The Johns Hopkins Center for Music and Medicine, an interdepartmental collaboration between the School of Medicine and Peabody Conservatory, is actively exploring the science and therapeutic […]

  • Baltimore Brain Connect Reaches More Than 1,000 Students and Families

    “Kiss your brain!” It’s a common refrain from teachers at the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) afterschool program when a scholar gives a great answer or pushes himself to new conclusions. After last week, scholars who kiss their hand and touch their forehead in response likely have a whole new appreciation for why their […]

  • A Great Day for Cognitive Science and Aesthetics

    Portrait of Steve Gross

    Steven Gross is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Department of Philosophy. He has been a regular participant of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP) and served as co-organizer of the 43rd annual meeting, as well as the organizer of the pre-conference workshop on cognitive science and aesthetics. The SPP is […]

  • Sound Health: Music and the Mind

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    Sound Health: Music and the Mind is a collaboration of the National Institutes of Health and the Kennedy Center designed to elevate the science of music and its relationship to health. On June 2, a lively crowd of musicians, music lovers and music therapists gathered at the Kennedy Center to kick off a weekend of […]

  • Event Recap: Getting Beyond a Blind Date with Science

    On May 19, 2017, the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute hosted actor, director, and science advocate Alan Alda. Alan Alda learned the hard way the power of clear scientific communication and connection. While on a trip in remote Chile, he developed excruciating pain in his abdomen. Assuming it was his appendix, he was rushed to the […]

  • Event Recap: Impact-Based Thinking for Neuroaesthetics

    Last month we gathered 16 dynamic scientists, artists and scientists/artists for the first International Arts + Mind Lab Impact-Based Thinking Working Group meeting. For those of you who were able to join us, thank you for a thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion! For those who weren’t, we are excited to share what we discussed and hear […]

  • Q&A: Between Sound and Story

    Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis is Professor and Director of the Music Cognition Lab at the University of Arkansas. Her research approaches music from the perspective of cognitive science. She is interested in the interface between musical structure and engagement, especially in listeners without formal training, and especially as it occurs dynamically across the course of the […]

  • Q&A: An Eco-centric Approach to Architecture

    Ilaria Mazzoleni is an architect, biomimicist, founder of IM Studio Milano/Los Angeles and faculty member at CalArts who lives and works between Italy and California. Prior to joining CalArts, Ilaria was a Design and Applied Studies faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles for more than 12 years. In […]

  • Q&A: In Pursuit of Brains for Buildings

    Michael Arbib is Emeritus Professor and University Professor at the University of Southern California’s Department of Computer Science. He is also contributing faculty in Neuroscience and Architecture at the New School of Architecture and Design and an adjunct professor in psychology at the University of California San Diego. The thrust of Arbib’s work is expressed […]