Welcome to the homepage for the ARCHES Initiative! Our NEA-funded lab bridges the schools of natural science, social science, and music at Rice University.
We are actively recruiting individuals over the age of 70 and/or diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment to participate in our study of how music creativity can benefit cognition and social/emotional wellbeing! Participants will have the chance to learn, compose, and create their own music and to meet other people from the Houston community. More info here.
Newest Posts in the Archways Blog
Research Update: Art & Science at the ARO Conference
February 3, 2020
Tools of the Trade: Modularity of the Brain
January 22, 2020
Research Update: Connecting with Our Community
December 6, 2019
Tools of the Trade: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
November 19, 2019
Recent News & Events
Journal Club: February 2020
February 6, 2020
Our first journal club was a great success! We had students and postdocs in attendance from the departments of Physics & Astronomy, Applied Physics, Bioengineering, and Psychology. Melia Bonomo presented on the following paper: Berg et al., (2019) “Musical Sound Quality as a Function of the Number of Channels in Modern Cochlear Implant Recipients,” Frontiers in Neuroscience 13:999.
“Can music therapy slow the progression of degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia while promoting well-being? A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will fund a new lab at Rice University that will explore this possible new inroad in the fight against such disorders.” Read more at Rice University News & Media.
National Endowment for the Arts Invests Almost $900,000 in New NEA Research Labs
“Through its NEA Research Labs, the National Endowment for the Arts is funding four new labs and extending the activities of an existing lab to support research into improving social and emotional well-being and enhancing cognition and learning through the arts. The Arts Endowment’s investment in this round of labs is almost $900,000. Each lab features transdisciplinary teams of university-based researchers partnering with arts and health organizations to investigate the value and impact of the arts.” Read more at arts.gov.