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April 19, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Andrea Halpern, professor of psychology at Bucknell University, has been awarded a $39,526 grant by the GRAMMY Foundation® to study how training in music changes the way the brain works.

For the study, Halpern intends to identify the location and the nature of brain activity patterns that are associated with auditory imagery in musicians and relate these to musical imagery ability.

Robert Zatorre, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University, is Halpern's co-principal investigator on the study.

A member of the Bucknell faculty since 1982, Halpern holds degrees from Brandeis University and Stanford University. A leader in the study of cognitive and biological aspects of music perception, she has published more than 30 articles and book chapters on the topic.

She has been consulting editor for the journal Memory and Cognition, holds the same position with Music Perception, and has provided peer review of articles for more than 25 other prominent journals related to her research interests.

Halpern, who uses the traditional tools of experimental psychology, as well as cognitive neuroscience techniques, also is interested in how both normal aging and Alzheimer's disease affect how people learn and remember music.

In addition to the GRAMMY Foundation grant, Halpern has been awarded numerous grants to support her research with undergraduates including grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes on Aging, the Pew Foundation, and McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Halpern is among 19 recipients in 2005 who received grants from the GRAMMY Foundation based on merit, uniqueness of project, and the ability to accomplish intended goals.

The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music on American culture — from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of the future generations of music professionals. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with The Recording Academy to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. For more information, visit


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