Siu-Lan Music Group

Members of 2016 ICMPC symposium titled "Film, Television, and Music: Embodiment, Neurophysiology, Perception, and Cognition".
Seated left to right: David Ireland, Siu-Lan, Juan Chattah, Scott Lipscomb, Mark Shevy. Standing: Roger Dumas and Peter Kupfer.

BSC film music research featured at international conference

BSC Research Associate Roger Dumas and University of Minnesota School of Music Associate Director Scott Lipscomb participated in a symposium titled "Film, Television, and Music: Embodiment, Neurophysiology, Perception, and Cognition" on July 6, at the 14th International Conference for Music Cognition and Perception held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco.

Neurophysiological responses to motion pictures: Sound, image,and A-V integration

Roger Dumas, Scott D. Lipscomb, Arthur C. Leuthold & Apostolos P. Georgopoulos

Past investigations into the influence of a musical soundtrack on audience cognition of movies, animation, video games, and other multimedia have focused primarily on behavioral measures of the experience based on verbal responses (e.g., semantic differential scales). It is important to supplement such cognitive- perceptual research with studies that inform us about the neurophysiological activity present during the viewing of motion pictures. In the present study, magnetoencephalography (MEG) was used to examine the whole brain in identifying significant relations between dynamic, interacting neural networks and systematically varied audio-visual stimuli, namely five audio-visual excerpts from the feature film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in each of three conditions: (a) musical soundtrack-only, (b) visual-only, and (c) music and visual combined.


2016 BSC Summer Scholars (clockwise from top left)
Elsa Mattson, Lindsey Wanberg, Kha Lor, Michaela McGonigle, Abhi Ramesh, and Katie Martin.

2016 Summer Scholars learning research ropes at BSC

This summer, six science students will be helping with our ongoing Gulf War and PTSD projects, plus assisting Drs. Shikha Jain Goodwin and Adam Carpenter with their study of multiple sclerosis.

  • Elsa Mattson (University of Minnesota/neuroscience minor) is interested in the neural mechanisms and gender differences in psychopathology.
  • Lindsey Wanberg (Washington University, St. Louis/pre-med, biology) is also performing her own research on secondary traumatic stress.
  • Kha Lor (University of St. Thomas/neuroscience major) has explored the computational and physical surface-induced collisions of polypeptides. Her main research project will be with Dr. Brian Engdahl, looking at PTSD and Quality of Life as outcome variables. She will also be working under Drs. Lisa James and Jennifer Heath Mathison with the Brain Resilience Project and Gulf War Illness studies.
  • Michaela McGonigle (Macalester College/psychology major, biology minor with neuroscience emphasis) has studied facial expression processing in the human brain and measured the visual capacity of neurotypical adults in comparison to autistic adults using an eye tracker and MRI scans.
  • Abhismitha Ramesh (University of Minnesota/pre-med, psychology) has been active in the Physician Mentorship/Shadowing program at the VAMC and has volunteered at the East Bank Oncology Unit, University of Minnesota Medical Center.
  • Katie Martin (University of Minnesota/neuroscience major) is investigating psychological dysfunctions, as well as how plasticity allows our brains to adapt to our needs.

Updated July 13, 2016