Karen Barrett, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Institute for Health & Aging
SchoolSchool of Nursing
Address513 Parnassus Avenue, MSB, #001
San Francisco CA 94143
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    Northwestern UniversityPh.D.Music Cognition and Theory, Bienen School of Music
    Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins UniversityM.MusMusicology
    Peabody Institute of Music at Johns Hopkins UniversityM.MusPiano
    Wellesley CollegeB.A.Music and Neuroscience

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    Karen Chan Barrett, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Institute for Health & Aging at the UCSF School of Nursing and the Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery at the School of Medicine. She is an Auditory Cognitive Neuroscientist, and her research interests include the neuroscience of artistic creativity, music perception in cochlear implant users, and music, aging, and health.

    Dr. Barrett has also taught as collegiate faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, co-teaching a Music and the Brain class with Dr. Indre Viskontas (2019-2022). Before moving to San Francisco in the Spring of 2016, Dr. Barrett served as adjunct faculty at Peabody Institute of Music and Johns Hopkins University, teaching introductory music cognition seminars to graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Barrett received her Ph.D. in Music Theory and Cognition from Northwestern University in March 2015. Dr. Barrett's graduate work used perceptual and neural experiments (EEG) to study attention to complex multivoiced music as well as the impact of musical training on neural plasticity.

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    Impact of Music Improvisation Training on Brain Function and Cognition among Older Adults
    NIH/NIA 4R33AG073669-03Sep 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Impact of Music Improvisation Training on Brain Function and Cognition among Older Adults
    NIH R61AG073669Sep 15, 2021 - May 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Sound Health Network
    National Endowment for the Arts P0541213Aug 26, 2020 - Aug 26, 2024
    Role: Scientific Analyst
    Description: The goal of this project is to establish the infrastructure for the Sound Health Network (SHN). The purpose of this network is to support, promote and disseminate research into the intersections between music and health/wellness across the lifespan.
    Improvisation Across Art Forms
    National Endowment for the Arts: Research Labs 1844330-38-C-18Sep 1, 2018 - Dec 1, 2024
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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    1. Predictors of Emotional Prosody Identification by School-Age Children With Cochlear Implants and Their Peers With Normal Hearing. Ear Hear. 2024 Mar-Apr 01; 45(2):411-424. Chatterjee M, Gajre S, Kulkarni AM, Barrett KC, Limb CJ. PMID: 37811966; PMCID: PMC10922148.
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    2. Cochlear Implant Compression Optimization for Musical Sound Quality in MED-EL Users. Ear Hear. 2022 May/Jun; 43(3):862-873. Gilbert ML, Deroche MLD, Jiradejvong P, Chan Barrett K, Limb CJ. PMID: 34812791.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    3. Multi-Voiced Music Bypasses Attentional Limitations in the Brain. Front Neurosci. 2021; 15:588914. Barrett KC, Ashley R, Strait DL, Skoe E, Limb CJ, Kraus N. PMID: 33584187; PMCID: PMC7877539.
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    4. Perception of Child-Directed Versus Adult-Directed Emotional Speech in Pediatric Cochlear Implant Users. Ear Hear. 2020 Sep/Oct; 41(5):1372-1382. Barrett KC, Chatterjee M, Caldwell MT, Deroche MLD, Jiradejvong P, Kulkarni AM, Limb CJ. PMID: 32149924; PMCID: PMC8323060.
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    5. Impact of Auditory-Motor Musical Training on Melodic Pattern Recognition in Cochlear Implant Users. Otol Neurotol. 2020 04; 41(4):e422-e431. Chari DA, Barrett KC, Patel AD, Colgrove TR, Jiradejvong P, Jacobs LY, Limb CJ. PMID: 32176126.
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    6. Encyclopedia of Creativity. Volume 1. Runco, M. Pritzker, S. (Eds),. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and the Neural Correlates of Artistic Creative Production. 2020; 526-533. Chan Barrett, K., Limb, C.J.
    7. Classical creativity: A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) investigation of pianist and improviser Gabriela Montero. Neuroimage. 2020 04 01; 209:116496. Barrett KC, Barrett FS, Jiradejvong P, Rankin SK, Landau AT, Limb CJ. PMID: 31899286.
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    8. Unveiling artistic minds: case studies of creativity. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences. 2019 Jun 1; 27(PLoS One 9 2014):84-89. Barrett BK, Limb LC. .
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    9. Association Between Flat-Panel Computed Tomographic Imaging-Guided Place-Pitch Mapping and Speech and Pitch Perception in Cochlear Implant Users. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 02 01; 145(2):109-116. Jiam NT, Gilbert M, Cooke D, Jiradejvong P, Barrett K, Caldwell M, Limb CJ. PMID: 30477013; PMCID: PMC6440220.
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    10. A tonal-language benefit for pitch in normally-hearing and cochlear-implanted children. Sci Rep. 2019 01 14; 9(1):109. Deroche MLD, Lu HP, Kulkarni AM, Caldwell M, Barrett KC, Peng SC, Limb CJ, Lin YS, Chatterjee M. PMID: 30643156; PMCID: PMC6331606.
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    11. Dance and Music in "Gangnam Style": How Dance Observation Affects Meter Perception. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0134725. Lee KM, Barrett KC, Kim Y, Lim Y, Lee K. PMID: 26308092; PMCID: PMC4550453.
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    12. Musical Counterpoint: Attention and Perception. 2015. Karen Chan Barrett. . View Publication.
    13. Art and science: how musical training shapes the brain. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:713. Barrett KC, Ashley R, Strait DL, Kraus N. PMID: 24137142; PMCID: PMC3797461.
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    14. Specialization among the specialized: auditory brainstem function is tuned in to timbre. Cortex. 2012 Mar; 48(3):360-2. Strait DL, Chan K, Ashley R, Kraus N. PMID: 21536264.
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