The Janata Lab at the University of California, Davis focuses on three broad projects.
One project looks into the relationships between music, memory and emotion. This has led them to investigate music-evoked nostalgia and music-evoked autobiographical memories, as well as the effect of music on Alzheimer’s patients.
Their “Groove Project” is aimed at “understand[ing] the psychology and neuroscience behind the somewhat ephemeral concept and potent musical experience of being ‘in the groove.'”
Their “Musical Spaces” project is aimed at understanding the movement within what they define as the three great musical spaces: tonal, temporal and timbral. They use quantitative descriptions of how music moves in these spaces, which can be manifested in computer animations, to figure out what parts of the brain track these changes.