Project Title: Musical Perception: The Roles of Genes and the Environment in Aesthetic
Project Description: My goal is to study the relationship between genetics and music cognition,
looking at the role genes and the environment play in developing musical skills and preferences.
Specifically, I hope to answer the following questions: how much do genetics influence musical
ability? Can perfect pitch or a sense of rhythm be learned? How do we form preferences for
certain types of music? How does the brain read musical notes? Why can playing an instrument
be remembered through muscle memory in Alzheimer’s patients? How does playing an
instrument affect brain development? As a twin, I am specifically interested in narrowing my
focus by studying cognitive differences in twins. Since twins are largely raised in similar
environments, I hope to investigate the role of genes and the environment in identical vs fraternal
twins, studying cognitive development and music perception.
Most Important Accomplishment: Still to come
Reflections on the College Scholar Program: The College Scholar Program has given me a unique opportunity to explore my specific interests without being tied down by requirements. I am so grateful to be part of this program that allows me to get the most out of my education while also being surrounded by such an inspiring and empowering community. I am so excited for the growth and future opportunities that will come with this program over the next few years!