Ask The Expert

Our "Ask the Expert" series is the newest facet of Music Mends Minds mission to educate the public about music's healing effect on the brain. Our amazing team of UCLA Administrative Assistants interview music and research experts in their field. Guests share the new, cutting edge knowledge of music therapy and its effect on neurodegenerative diseases. Grab a coffee (or tea) and have a listen!

Ask the Expert Podcast Episodes

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Music, Mind, and Medicine

From learning how to play the electric guitar to being at the forefront of music cognition research, Dr. Mark Tramo shares his experiences researching music's medicinal effects on the mind! 

EPISODE ONE - DR. TRAMO

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Positive Psychology

With a long list of accolades in the world of psychology, Dr. Joyce Schaffer shares with us the habits that have shown to keep your brain healthy and delay the onset of neurodegenerative diseases! 

EPISODE TWO- DR. SHAFFER

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Performer & Professor of Music

A longer episode, jampacked to the brim, on Professor Dean's experiences as a highly acclaimed performer and Professor at the UCLA Herb Albert School of Music of 17 years. He shares with us advice, stories, and tips on how music is healing for all- young and old, talented or not.

EPISODE THREE- PROFESSOR DEAN

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Healing with Rhythm

In this Ask the Expert episode, Dr. Thaut highlights his research findings on rhythm's significant, therapeutic effects on Parkinson's patients! Renowned in the world of neurodegenerative research, Dr. Thaut shares his most recent significant findings with us!

EPISODE FOUR - DR. THAUT