Karen Barrett, PhD

TitlePostdoctoral Scholar
InstitutionUniversity of California San Francisco
Address513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Northwestern UniversityPh.D.2015Music Cognition and Theory, Bienen School of Music
    Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins UniversityM.Mus2009Musicology
    Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins UniversityM.Mus2008Piano
    Wellesley CollegeB.A.2006Music and Neuroscience

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    Karen Chan Barrett, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Charles Limb's lab at the Department of Otolaryngology, University of California San Francisco at Parnassus. She is investigating music perception in cochlear implant users, and, the neuroscience of musical creativity, particularly improvisation.

    Prior to moving to San Francisco in Spring 2016, Dr. Barrett served as adjunct faculty at Peabody Institute of Music and Johns Hopkins University, teaching introductory seminars on music cognition to both graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Barrett received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Music Theory and Cognition in March 2015. At Northwestern, Dr. Barrett's dissertation used perceptual studies and neural studies to study attention to complex multivoiced music, taking place both in the Music Cognition Lab (under the mentorship of Richard Ashley) as well as the Auditory Neuroscience Lab (under the mentorship of Nina Kraus).

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    1. Lee KM, Barrett KC, Kim Y, Lim Y, Lee K. Dance and Music in "Gangnam Style": How Dance Observation Affects Meter Perception. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0134725. PMID: 26308092; PMCID: PMC4550453.
    2. Barrett KC, Ashley R, Strait DL, Kraus N. Art and science: how musical training shapes the brain. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:713. PMID: 24137142; PMCID: PMC3797461.
    3. Strait DL, Chan K, Ashley R, Kraus N. Specialization among the specialized: auditory brainstem function is tuned in to timbre. Cortex. 2012 Mar; 48(3):360-2. PMID: 21536264.
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