Rhythm and the Brain Project

A Gazzaley - Hart Collaboration

Unlocking the power of rhythm to understand and enhance brain function


About the Project:

Rhythm is a fundamental aspect of the universe at every level, and serves as a critical foundation for life on this planet. As we now understand it, brain function itself is dependent on complex rhythms of activity, which guides interactions between brain regions to generate synchronized neural networks from which our minds emerge. The goal of this collaborative project, Rhythm and the Brain, is to advance our understanding of the role of rhythm in higher-order brain function and also how we can influence brain rhythms through novel interventions (e.g., neuromodulation, rhythm training, video game training, neurofeedback). The ultimate goal is to improve cognition and mood in the healthy and impaired, thus positively impacting the quality of our lives.

About the People:

Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. (Full biography)

Founding director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center, an Associate Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, and Principal Investigator of a cognitive neuroscience laboratory that studies neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory. His most recent studies explore how we may enhance our cognitive abilities, and/or prevent them from declining.

Mickey Hart (Full Biography)            
MICKEY_HART_ON_DRUMS_APRIL_13_2012_ickey_Hart___Copy_1.jpegGrammy-award winning percussionist and ethnomusicologist, former drummer of the Grateful Dead and currently leader of the Mickey Hart Band. Scholar and author of books on the history of percussion, Mickey is also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame; Mickey’s career has embodied his role as a rhythmist. He is a Trustee of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.


To donate to the newly launched collaborative efforts by Mickey Hart and Adam Gazzaley ….

Secure Online Giving


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How to Give by Mail

Please make your check payable to the UCSF Foundation and include "Rhythm and the Brain Project" in the memo line of your check.  You will receive a confirmation note in the mail for your tax records.

To donate by check, please mail it to:

Gazzaley Lab                                                                                                                                             675 Nelson Rising Lane, Room 511C                                                                                                             San Francisco, CA 94158 

Questions about giving?

 Please contact Adam Gazzaley at 415-476-2162 or adam.gazzaley@ucsf.edu 

Media Coverage:

AARP Conference Press Release (October)                               "Mickey Hart and Dr. Adam Gazzaley Make History Through Visualizing and Sonifying Brain Activity in Real Time for Live Audience"


TIME (December)                                                          "Unlikely Partners: Grateful Dead Drummer Teams with Scientist to Study How Rhythm Heals"                                                                                       By Maia Szalavitz


NPR (September)                           "This Is Musician Mickey Hart's Brain On Music"                                                 by Steve Henn

"Calif. neuroscientist helps light up Hart's shows" 

ABC News (September)                                                "Former Grateful Dead Drummer's Brain Activity Recorded While He Plays"                            By Jon M. Change




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