Martin Gardiner, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brown University
Martin F. Gardiner, Ph.D., has training, research and teaching background in science including brain research and also in music. He has for nearly two decades been a researcher at Brown University (at the Center for the Study of Human Development while it existed), and on the teaching faculty at New England Conservatory of Music. Beginning with a paper in Nature in 1996 he and colleagues have been studying interactions between music skill training and acceleration in skill learning in other areas that include mathematics, verbal language, and social behavior. Music skill is used to provide a window on more general components of human cognitive and emotional skill learning. At Brown his work includes longitudinal studies of effects of music skill training on academic and social progress during schooling and on long term outcomes of individuals followed from age 7 to age 35 where he examines the long term cognitive, social and emotional impacts of different components of music skill training. Given the deep love and admiration for music and musical skill throughout human history, as strong today as ever, the possibility that developing skill at music can provide benefits beyond entertainment alone has often been discussed and even believed previously.
Dr. Gardiner’s research builds on opportunities computerized data analysis is finally providing to test scientifically such possibilities, improve understanding of what the great human invention of music can be telling us about ourselves, and further develop the possibilities initial research already documents that imply that music may be able to aid humanity still more profitably in the future.
- Post-Doc | University California, Los Angeles
- Doctorate | University California, Los Angeles
- Master of Science | Stanford University, Stanford, CA
- Bachelor's of Arts | Columbia College, New York, NY