Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology psychology fas music-lab samuel-mehr connie-bainbridge mila-bertolo nature-human-behaviour

Violence and trauma in childhood accelerate puberty

Childhood violence and trauma has a direct effect on a person’s mental and physical health as they grow, with certain kinds of trauma also affecting the pace of aging.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Aug. 3, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology fas health-medicine manisha-aggarwal-schifellite katie-mclaughlin natalie-colich

3 takes on dealing with uncertainty

In these volatile times, three Harvard professors share insights from their fields on how to handle uncertainty.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Juan Siliezar • harvard
July 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy neuroscience psychology fas radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study juan-siliezar health-medicine alyssa-goodman comparative-literature elizabeth-phelps german john-hamilton manisha-aggarwal-schifellite

Online Music Lab studies questions of melody and humanity

Samuel Mehr has long been interested in questions of what music is, how music works, and why music exists. To help find the answers, he’s created the Music Lab, an online, citizen-science project aimed at understanding not just how the human mind interprets music, but why music is a virtually ubiquitous feature of human societies.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Sept. 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  music  psychology  internet  online  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  citizen-science  data-science-initiative  mehr  music-lab  samuel-mehr  tone-deaf  tone-deafness  world-music-quiz

Radcliffe fellow tracks squirrels for insights on human memory

Radcliffe Fellow Lucia Jacobs hopes to gain insights on human memory from her work with squirrels.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Jan. 24, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  psychology  memory  basic-research  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  lucia-jacobs  uc-berkeley

Radcliffe fellow tracks squirrels for insights on human memory

Radcliffe Fellow Lucia Jacobs hopes to gain insights on human memory from her work with squirrels.

Colleen Walsh • harvard
Jan. 24, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  science-technology  psychology  memory  basic-research  radcliffe-institute-for-advanced-study  lucia-jacobs  uc-berkeley

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