Assal Habibi

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University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90026
United States
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Assal Habibi is an Assistant Research Professor of Psychology at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Her research takes a broad perspective on how biological dispositions and environmental factors interact and how learning experiences during childhood shape human development. She is an expert in the use of electrophysiologic and neuroimaging methods to investigate human brain structure and function and her research have been published in several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Habibi completed her doctoral work at UC Irvine, investigating the effects of musical training in musicians, non-musicians, and patients with auditory impairments. Currently, she is the lead investigator of a 5-year longitudinal study, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and their Youth Orchestra program, investigating the effects of childhood music training on brain, cognitive, and social development.