Texas Tech University

National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs

The Texas Tech NEA Research Lab will explore interdisciplinary and translational research across four unique projects, each treating a specific and pressing health concern:

The development of an innovative new communication tool utilizing interactive, virtual-reality environments as a rehabilitative tool for stroke survivors with aphasia or loss of speech.

The role musical training plays in ameliorating the effects of aging and mitigating the risks for degenerative conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.

The use of animated art materials and techniques to assist children with specific language impairments in expanding their comprehension and communication capacities.

The use of music in autism therapy, with specific attention to creating a therapeutic tool utilizing musical excerpts to guide emotional identification and recognition in autism-spectrum individuals.

Our research will lead to the development of new tools and lines of inquiry that will multiply the effects of National Endowment for the Arts-sponsored arts and health experimentation across disciplines and communities. We will seek global impacts for our research through applications of our findings both commercial and clinical, ensuring that society at large can benefit from our work.

The opinions expressed in materials on this website are those of the author(s) and do not represent the views of the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis or the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Endowment does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information included in this material and is not responsible for any consequences of its use. This NEA Research Lab is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (Award#: 1855516-38-C-19).

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