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USC Brain and Creativity Institute


Through world-class research, USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute pursues wide-ranging interdisciplinary projects aimed at contributing to current knowledge in the fields of neurology, psychiatric disorders, childhood development, and education.  

Grantee Summary

USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute develops and executes cutting-edge research that studies the relationship between neuroscience and human innovation. Ongoing projects include research focused on the effects of music on the developing brain, feeling and consciousness in both humans and machines, and the way in which the brain structures narrative.

In 2012, the Brain and Music Program was created to work in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, tracking the impact of group music training on the development of 6- and 7-year-old children. The ultimate goal of the study is to provide empirical support for childhood music education programs. The Brain and Creativity Institute’s work is led by Dr. Antonio Damasio and Dr. Hanna Damasio, two of the world’s leading scientists in cognitive science and neuroscience.  

GRoW Support

2018-23 – Research: Brain and Music Program

2017 – General Operating Support

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This young patient is prepped for an MRI. Photo courtesy of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

This young patient is about to have an MRI. Photo courtesy of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) performs in partnership with the LA Phil and USC Brain and Creativity Institute. Photo courtesy of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

This young patient is prepped for an MRI. Photo courtesy of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

This young patient is about to have an MRI. Photo courtesy of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.

The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) performs in partnership with the LA Phil and USC Brain and Creativity Institute. Photo courtesy of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.


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