Jessica Grahn is a cognitive neuroscientist who chases the musical mysteries of the mind. For her, music and the brain inspire her to ask how and why does music make us move? How does music influence different types of movement, and how could we optimize this effect to help patients with neurological disorders?
Jessica, a musician herself, is curious about why humans have developed a musical culture (and monkeys haven’t) and how does musical or rhythmic ability relate to movement and language ability. This assistant professor at the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario is using her neuro-musical insights to explore the age-old mystery of why some people can ‘feel the beat’, while others have two left feet.