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Justine Shih

Psychology & Neuroscience


I am a current second-year Ph.D. neuroscience student at Duke University. Broadly, I am interested in the intersection between neuroscience and music, including the biological and emotional underpinnings of how music and sound affect the brain. My research interests focus on auditory processing and neural coding in the macaque auditory cortex. I entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP) and I am in Dr. Jennifer Groh's lab. I am supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Prior to Duke, I obtained dual Bachelor's degrees in Neuroscience and Music from the University of Chicago, where I worked in Christian Hansel's lab researching the mechanisms of learning and memory. I also researched chronic pain in Chih-Cheng Chen's lab in the Institute of Biomedical Science in Taipei, Taiwan.