Center for Music in the Brain

Center for Music in the Brain

  • Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, located at Universitetsbyen

The Danish National Research Foundation’s Center for Music in the Brain (MIB) is an interdisciplinary research center at Aarhus University and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus/Aalborg, Denmark aiming to address the dual questions of how music is processed in the brain and how this can inform our understanding of fundamental principles behind brain functioning in general.

With a strong foundation in music practice and theory at the highest level and a focus on the clinical application of music, MIB combines neuroscientific, musicological and psychological research in music perception, action, emotion and learning with the potential to test prominent theories of brain function and to influence the way we play, teach, use and listen to music. 

Research focus

  • The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music
  • Brain Plasticity
  • General Principles of Brain Function
  • Perception
  • Action
  • Emotion
  • Learning
  • Clinical Applications of Music
  • Applications in Music Education



  • MR

  • fMRI

  • MEG
  • EEG
  • tDCS
  • Behavioural experiments such as The Musical Ear Test (MET) and The Musical Multifeature Paradigme (MuMUFE)  


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