To explore these questions, the SCN lab is collaborating with the MuSci Lab in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oregon, directed by Professor Zach Wallmark

The SCN and MuSci Labs are also developing future studies that will incorporate neuroimaging 

Music & Social Cognition

Music is a universal part of all human societies and helps to connect people. Empathy also brings people together and helps to develop and maintain healthy cooperative relationships. Given these similarities, a recently emerging view holds that individual differences in trait empathy—i.e., the tendency to understand and co-experience the cognitive and/or affective states of others—influence the way that we process music.