New Possibilities for Scientific Discovery

Researchers in the science of music recognize the limitations of controlled experiments within lab settings. One of the most important ones is that studies conducted in the lab are sometimes very far removed from real life and their results might not be generalizable to everyday situations. The rapid development and expanding accessibility of new sensor technology offer intriguing possibilities for out-of-the-lab experimentation in the science of music. 

Music Modulates Activity of Neurons Important for Movement

Common treatments for Parkinsons' Disorder include pharmacological treatments. However, these treatments often lose efficacy over time. Emerging efforts to use technology such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) and rhythmic auditory stimulation (RAS) have shown promise. Recent studies using DBS provide in-depth information about unique neural responses to music with this population, and how different kinds of music may be used to achieve specific clinical outcomes