Date Thesis Awarded

4-2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Neuroscience

Advisor

Paul Kieffaber

Committee Member

Brian Hulse

Committee Member

Jennifer Stevens

Abstract

A large body of experimental research demonstrates that environments and behavioral experiences can affect cognitive performance. There has been increasing interest in the influence of musical experience on normal neuronal functioning over the past decade. However, much of this research has failed to target specific neural activity as indicators of cognitive function. One such measure of neural activity is the mismatch negativity (MMN), an event-related potential (ERP) that occurs in response to the presentation of a deviant stimulus in a sequence of repeated stimuli. The primary aim of the current study was to explore the influence of musical experience on sensory integration as measured using the MMN ERP. It was predicted that (1) the MMN could be used as a measure of multisensory integration and (2) that this measure of multisensory integration would correlate with an individual’s level of musical experience (as determined by pre-study measurements).

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