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Conducted research as part of my dissertation on
‘Motivation to continue learning a musical instrument in adolescences: is personality a factor?”
2019, Sheffield University

Interest in researching the effects of music on the brain, emotions and cognition, music psychology in education.


Involved in a single-case study research in Neuromusicology: musical creativity during performance on the Ney instrument (Middle Eastern flute), the first case study that analyses brain responses to various musical Modes or Maqams.


Researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) have explored the #cognitive and neural basis of #human #creativity by monitoring the brain activity of a musician improvising on the ney, or Arabic flute. The research has been published in Frontiers in Psychology, a leading journal, and is the first scientific study of the neuromusicology of Middle Eastern #music.

Led by Dr. Ghizlane Bendriss, PhD of Neuroscience and Assistant Professor of Biology, the team of researchers used a wireless electroencephalographic (EEG) headset to record the brainwaves of a musician as he played a total of 24 improvisations at low, medium and high tempos on the ney. Dr. Bendriss designed this project after a student, Mohamed Yaghmour, demonstrated strong interest in research. Dr. Bendriss gathered a complete team to mentor him for this original and first-of-its-kind study in neuromusicology. The team was composed of psychology specialist Sarah Roach, biostatistics expert Padmakumari Sarada, and music educators Ibrahim Kadar and Zhivka Pesheva, Ma Psychology of Music Education, from Qatar Music Academy.


Published article in peer reviewed Journal:

EEG Correlates of Middle Eastern Music Improvisations on the Ney Instrument


Journal: Frontiers in Psychology, section Performance Science

Published on 04 Oct 2021

Article type: Original Research

Authors: Mohammad Yaghmour, Padmakumari Sarada, Sarah Roach, Ibrahim Kadar, Zhivka Pesheva, Ali Chaari and Ghizlane Bendriss

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