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Iballa Burunat

I have an interdisciplinary background in systematic musicology and recently finished my Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Brain integrative function driven by musical training during real-world music listening", completed in January 2017 at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. I study the brain processes underlying naturalistic auditory stimulation——thereby increasing the validity of the findings——and how they are modulated by listeners' musical training by using a variety of methodological approaches. In particular, I am interested in how musical expertise impacts auditory and motor brain networks. My research contributes to understanding the brain-music interaction during real-life music listening, which could be useful for the developing field of music information retrieval and, ultimately, for music-based therapeutic interventions. At present, I work in the project Dynamics of Music Cognition led by professor Petri Toiviainen at the Finnish Centre for Interdisciplinary Music Research (CIMR) in Jyväskylä, Finland.

The Amazing Brains of Musicians

The brain of a musician is incredibly plastic; it can rearrange its old networks and form new ones. But how can we study musical training in real life conditions?