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Frederick Barrett


  • MA (Temple University)


Fred Barrett is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Petr Janata, in the Perception, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience section of the Psychology Department at the University of California, Davis. He studied Music Education, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience as an undergraduate student at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. While at Temple he assisted with studies of bipolar disorder with Dr. Lauren Alloy, as well as creativity in Jazz Performance with Dr. Robert Weisberg. After graduating from Temple, he worked as a research assistant in the Schizophrenia Research Center and Brain Behavior Laboratory (BBL) at the University of Pennsylvania, assisting with studies of emotional expression and recognition, and cognitive functioning. While at the BBL, he was an integral part of the design and implementation of PennCNP, a web-based computerized neuropsychological testing suite, which is now being used for the study of cognitive functioning by research institutions and pharmaceutical companies around the world.

During his career, he wishes to use music as a tool to study the brain. As such a ubiquitous stimulus within human culture, music can help us study a wide variety of topics, including emotion, memory, attention, and multi-sensory integration. Fred has authored a publication in the peer-reviewed journal "Emotion", and he has co-authored several publications in other peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, the Journal of Clinical Psychology, Schizophrenia Research, and the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience.

As a graduate student, Fred is using popular music and behavioral, neuro-imaging, and computational methods to study music perception, emotion, and memory. Fred plays the trumpet, guitar, drums and violin, and has performed in professional punk, metal, salsa, and wedding bands, as well as in amateur and volunteer orchestral and jazz groups. When he is not studying, conducting research, or playing music, you can find him spending time with his wife Sarah and son Zachary, studying Aikido, and meditating.