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New face at MIB: Olivia Foster Vander Elst

New PhD student to study the neuroscience of music and dance.

Olivia Foster Vander Elst is a new PhD student at MIB researching the neuroscience of music and dance. She is an accomplished violist, having studied at Wells Cathedral School, one of 5 schools to take part in the UK Government’s Specialist Music Scheme. Subsequently, she read Chemistry at the University of Oxford on a 4-year Master’s programme, where she researched magnetic field effects in both liquids and crystals.

Olivia is delighted to pursue her interests in science, music, and dance at MIB. Her particular research interests in neuroscience are groove (the aspect of music which makes one want to move), interpersonal interaction (particularly in partner dancing), and the effects of dance & musical training.