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Gordon L. Shaw

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Professor Emeritus of Physics, Physics & Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1959, Physics

B.S.,, Case Institute of Technology, 1954, Physics

Phone: (949) 824-6620
Fax: (714) 751-5915

University of California, Irvine
280 Rowland Hall
Mail Code: 4575
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Neurophysics, symmetry in higher brain function, generalized Mozart effect, brain theory
Academic Distinctions
Principle investigator for a grant in elementary particle physics at UC Irvine Physics Department from the National Science Foundation 1966-1985
Co-organized 12 international conferences in elementary particle physics and in neuroscience 1967- 1996
Direct or, UC Irvine Focused Research Program on Cooperativity in Brain Function, 1981-1984.
Member of the Center for Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, UC Irvine, 1982-1999
Co-editor-in-chief, Concepts in Neuroscience, 1990-1993
Editorial Board, Neurological Research, 1989-
Editor, Conceptual Advances in Brain Research, Book Series with Gordon and Breach Publishers, 1998-
Research Associate Indiana University, Bloomington, 9/58-9/60
Research Associate University of California, San Diego, 9/60-9/62
Assistant Professor Stanford University, Palo Alto, 9/62-9/65
Associate Professor University of California, Irvi ne, 9/65-9/68
Professor University of California, Irvine, 9/68-7/94
Professor Emeritus University of California, Irvine, 7/94-
Institute Scientist M.I.N.D. Institute, Costa Mesa, CA 9/98-
Chairman of Board M.I.N.D. Institute, 9/98-7/03
Chairman Emeritus M.I.N.D. Institute 7/03-aa
Research Abstract
Gordon L. Shaw is Institute Scientist and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of the M.I.N.D. Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of California, Irvine. His major research interests use "music to enhance higher brain function". Im portant behavioral studies and neuroscience investigations are done motivated by the structured trion brain model he developed. Results show music enhances spatial-temporal reasoning (thinking in pictures) and learning difficult math concepts. The “re volutionary” Math+Music Program of the M.I.N.D. Institute has at present over 12,000 K – 4 th graders in over 60 schools. The 25 years of innovative collaborative research is of considerable scientific and educational relevance as well as clinical pote ntial.

Shaw has over 180 publications in neuroscience and elementary particle physics including writing the book -Keeping Mozart in Mind. Elsevier, San Diego, 2003, 2 nd ed. He is co-discoverer of the Mozart effect. His theory work with William Li t t l e in the 1970's led to the highly successful trion model of higher brain function..
Shaw GL. Keeping Mozart in Mind San Diego: Elsevier/Academic Press, 2nd ed., 2003.
Sarnthein J, von Stein A, Rappelsberger P, Petsche H,
Rauscher FH, Shaw GL. Persistent patterns of brain activity: An
EEG coherence study of the positive effect of music on spatial-
temporal reasoning. Neurol. Res. 1997; 19: 107-116.
Bodner M, Muftuler T, Nalcioglu O, Shaw GL. fMRI study
relevant to the Mozart effect: brain regions involved in spatial-
temporal reasoning. Neurol. Res. 2001; 23: 683-690.
Johnson JK, Cotman CW, Tasaki CS, Shaw GL. Enhancement
in spatial-temporal reasoning after a Mozart listening condition in Alzheimer's disease: a case study. Neurol. Res. 1998; 20: 666-672.
Hughes JR, Daaboul Y, Fino JJ, Shaw GL. The "Mozart Effect"
on epilepticform activity. Clin. Electroencephgraphy 1998; 29:
Sardesai M, Figge C, Bodner M, Crosby M., Hansen J, Quillfeldt JA, Landau S, Ostling A, Vuong S, Shaw GL. Reliable short-term memory in the trion model: toward a cortical language and grammar. Biol. Cybern. 2001; 84: 173-182.
Research Center
M.I.N.D. Institute, Costa Mesa, CA,(888)751-5443 ext 230,
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