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The Communicating Mind and Body
Negin Motamed-Yeganeh is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Negin completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tehran, Iran, in Psychology. As part of her Ph.D. degree program, she also spent some time with Dr. Rachel Weber and Dr. Lara Boyd, working on the Arrowsmith Brain imaging study at the University of British Columbia. The research was expected to catalyze future work in the area of learning disability, which may lead to the development of novel educational interventions that optimally stimulate learning in children.
Negin’s interest in the field of Learning Disability and Neuropsychological Assessments caused her to come back to UBC after her Ph.D. defense. For her postdoctoral research, she is working on a novel project with a collaboration of an interdisciplinary team over UBC campus to answer this question: “Does opera training sculpt the brain to learn?”. The immediate goal of this study is to evaluate the hypothesis that intensive language practice as a part of opera training can lead to changes in the brain that support improvements in learning, memory, and executive function. The importance of this work would advance the science of music and language psychology.
Research Interests: Neuropsychology and Neuropsychological Assessment, Cognitive Development, Executive Functioning, Learning Disability, Psycholinguistics