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Overcoming Bias About Music Puts the Brain to Work

Expectations and biases play a large role in our experiences. This has been demonstrated in studies involving art, wine and even soda. In 2007, Joshua Bell, an internationally acclaimed musician, illustrated the role context plays in our enjoyment of music when he played his Stradivarius violin in a Washington, D.C., subway, and commuters passed by without a second glance. Elizabeth Margulis, Distinguished Professor of music theory and music cognititon at the U of A, along with psychology researchers at Arizona State University and the University of Connecticut, studied this phenomenon and recently published their results in Scientific Reports. They...

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New Biomedical Company Helps Train Clinicians and Test Medical Equipment

  Two University of Arkansas engineering professors and an engineering doctoral student have formed Vivas LLC, a new company with licensed technology that can be used to train clinicians in various procedures and test medical imaging equipment. Vivas has partnered with Humimic Medical LLC, a Fort Smith company that produces medical gels for training, testing and device development. These medical gels are clear or opaque models, made of synthetic gelatin, that accurately simulate human tissue. The U of A researchers – Morten Jensen, associate professor of biomedical engineering; Jamie Hestekin, professor of chemical engineering; and Megan Laughlin, a doctoral...

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