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Professor Psyche Loui. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Assistant Professor Psyche Loui, Department of Music, has been awarded a grant from the GRAMMY Museum to fund her research on musical anhedonia, a neurological condition that prevents people from enjoying the art form of music. The GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awarded $200,000 in grants to 15 recipients in the United States to help facilitate a range of research on a variety of subjects, as well as support a number of archiving and preservation programs. Read the full press release here.

Professor Loui, who studies music’s effect on cognitive health and the brain, will be working on her project that will identify the incidence and neural substrates of musical anhedonia. It will test the relationship between musical reward sensitivity and difficulties with social bonding, which is characteristic in people with autism spectrum disorders (more about her research here). Congratulations; we look forward to seeing how this research unfolds.