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Here's a list of renowned researchers!

Dr Anita Collins has a PhD in neuroscience and music education. She is an Assistant Professor of Music and Arts Education at the University of Canberra and a Visiting Lecturer at the Australian National University. In 2014, Anita was the author of a short animated TED Ed Film, which will have reached over 14 million views by mid-2016 and translated into 27 languages, and as a presenter of TEDx Canberra, which is being viewed over one million times-to-date. At this time, Anita's TED Ed film is the most watched lesson ever made.

Watch: What if every child had access to music education from birth? 

Watch: How playing an instrument benefits your brain? 

Dr Anita Collins

Dan Cohen is the founding Executive Director of the non-profit organisation, Music & Memory, and a former Consultant/Trainer for the U.S. Department of Education. He earned his MSW from Adelphi University, an MA in Professional Studies from Long Island University and a BS in Psychology from Hofstra University. Music & Memory brings personalised music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. From listening to personal music favourites, persons with dementia, Parkinson's and other diseases that damage brain chemistry also reconnect to the world and gain improved quality of life.

Dan Cohen

Dr Daniel Levitin is a neuroscientist, musician and author. He earned his B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science at Stanford University and PhD in Psychology from the University of Oregon. He is the author of three consecutive #1 Bestselling Books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind.

Watch: The World in Six Songs: Dr Daniel Levitin at TEDx USC 2012

Dr Daniel Levitin

Dr Costas Karageorghis is an Associate Professor of Sport Psychology at Brunel University in London. He has spent the last 20 years conducting research into the psychological effects of music in the domain of sport and exercise, a topic that his name has become synonymous with in the world's media. In this time, Karageorghis has developed a theory to explain how music influences performances and mental states, produced a measure of the motivational qualities of music, led numerous experimental studies, and conducted several extensive reviews of research in the effects of music in exercise. His output includes more than 150 scholarly articles, seven exercise-related music albums, and the 2011 Human Kinetics text Inside Sport Psychology.

Read: 4 Remarkable Ways Music Can Enhance Athletic Performance

Dr Costa Karageorghis

Dr Oliver Sacks was a neurologist, best-selling author, and a Professor of Neurology at the NYU School of Medicine. The New York Times has referred to him as "the poet laureate of medicine". 

He is best known for his collections of neurological case histories, including The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain and An Anthropologist on Mars. Awakenings, his book about a group of patients who had survived the great encephalitis lethargica epidemic of the early 20th century, inspired the 1990 Academy Award-nominated feature film starring Robert De Nio and Robin Williams.

Read Music and Memory

Watch: Musicophilia – Tales of Music and the Brain

Dr Oliver Sacks

Dr Jessica Grahn is a cognitive neuroscientist who studies music. She is an Associate Professor in the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at Western University, in London, Ontario.

Watch Music on the Brain: Jessica Grahn at TEDx Waterloo 2013

Dr Jessica Grahn

Healing Harmonies:

Music Used to Treat Stroke, Dementia, and Even Cancer

Maybe you've heard the age-old saying, "Music has charms to soothe the savage beast." Back then, people believed in the healing power of music. Today, hundreds of years later, medical research shows they were onto something.

Music therapy is now a growing part of many treatments.

For example, when a massive stroke tried to take James Rodriguez's speech, the Music and Medicine program at Virginia's Sentara Healthcare helped him get it back.

James belts out "Amazing Grace" and all the old hymns that bring back happy memories from his day in the . church choir.

Read more here

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