Brain & Music Lab



The Brain and Music Lab at the 2022 Society for Music Perception and Cognition conference in Portland, OR

Welcome to the Brain & Music Lab at USC's Brain & Creativity Institute. Our group is interested in the interdisciplinary study of music, psychology, and neuroscience. We employ techniques such as Electroencephalography (EEG), functional, structural, and diffusion-weighted neuroimaging (MRI), and psychometric measures to answer a wide variety of questions related to how music listening and playing interacts with and influences the brain throughout the lifespan. 

Our lab is led by Dr. Assal Habibi, in collaboration with Dr. Antonio Damasio, Dr. Hanna Damasio, and Dr. Beatriz Ilari. We are part of the Brain & Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, which houses the Dornsife Neuroimaging Center. 

If you are interested in participating in research in our lab, please click the link below! We are frequently looking for new participants for our studies. If you are looking to volunteer in our lab as a research assistant, or to apply to be a graduate student, please to to the "Contact Us" tab for more information. 





  • Assal Habibi, PhD
  • Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychology
  • DNI 150
  • 3620a McClintock Ave
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089