Karen Barrett, PhD

Title(s)Postdoctoral Scholar, Otolaryngology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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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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    Improvisation Across Art Forms
    National Endowment for the Arts: Research Labs 1844330-38-C-18Sep 1, 2018 - Sep 1, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Deroche MLD, Lu HP, Kulkarni AM, Caldwell M, Barrett KC, Peng SC, Limb CJ, Lin YS, Chatterjee M. A tonal-language benefit for pitch in normally-hearing and cochlear-implanted children. Sci Rep. 2019 Jan 14; 9(1):109. PMID: 30643156.
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    2. Jiam NT, Gilbert M, Cooke D, Jiradejvong P, Barrett K, Caldwell M, Limb CJ. 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. 2018 Nov 21. PMID: 30477013.
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    3. Barrett, Karen Chan, & Charles J. Limb .Unveiling artistic minds: case studies in creativity. Current Opinions in Behavioral Sciences. 2018; (27):84-89.
    4. 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.
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    5. Barrett KC, Ashley R, Strait DL, Kraus N. Art and science: how musical training shapes the brain. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:713. PMID: 24137142.
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    6. 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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