The cross-disciplinary approach is represented by faculty, research associates, and students from such diverse departments as Biomedical Engineering; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Otolaryngology; Psychology; and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Topics of recent studies by group members include intensity coding and loudness, pitch perception, auditory attention, stream segregation, neural plasticity, perception by persons with sensorineural hearing loss, perception by persons with cochlear, brainstem and midbrain implants, otoacoustic emissions, speech prosody, and auditory efferent nerve activity.
Members of the group approach the study of language and cognition from a number of different disciplinary perspectives and methodologies (computational, linguistic, neurobiological, and psychological). They come from academic programs and colleges throughout the university, including, for example, Child Development (CEHD), Educational Psychology (CEHD), Linguistics (CLA), Neuroscience (Medical School), Psychology (CLA), Computer Science (IT), Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (CLA), English (CLA) , Pharmaceutical Care and Health Systems (Pharmacy), and Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (Pharmacy).
As a technique-focused graduate group, rather than a content-focused graduate group, MUG complements other groups that already exist on campus. Students who attend MUG also attend (selectively) weekly seminars hosted by Neuroscience, the Center for Cognitive Sciences, Biomedical Engineering (Neuroimaging Training Grant), and the CMRR. MUG is strengthened by tapping into a cohort of students and faculty who know each other from these venues. MUG, however, offers a venue for sharpening each other’s neuroimaging skills by focusing on methodological topics that are too specialized for the other content-based groups and centers.
Currently, many members of this group are involved in developing a database of children seen at the Lions Children’s Hearing Center (LCHC), a team-based clinic that meets two days each month. Children who are evaluated at LCHC receive a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment that involves otolaryngology, audiology, speech-language pathology, infectious disease, genetics, neuropsychology and other specialty medical services as needed. By forming this interdisciplinary group, we would like to facilitate structured interactions among clinicians, academic researchers, and graduate students interested in emergent research related to pediatric hearing loss.
The Music and Sound Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group aims to provide a space for the study of fields that fall outside of traditional music studies (that is, historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, and music education), particularly those of interest to graduate students investigating acoustic phenomena at the University of Minnesota. Emerging or growing fields of interest include, but are by no means limited to, sound studies, popular music studies, neurocognition of music, and critical/cultural theory and philosophy of music.
The Center for Clinical Movement Science is an interdisciplinary group of University of Minnesota faculty who leverage their collective expertise to solve problems affecting human movement and behavior. These faculty offer a diversity of perspectives from the fields of engineering, kinesiology, the neurological, rehabilitation and clinical sciences.
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