"This year’s project, “The Effect of Williams Syndrome on the Symmetry of the Planum Temporal in Musicians” won a second-place award in its category in this year’s Delaware Valley Science Fair, followed up with a first place in the May 17-19 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition at Penn State University.
The brain’s planum temporale controls language, auditory functions and pitch differentiation. Williams syndrome, which Keppley has been studying for the past few years, is a rare genetic condition that causes medical and developmental problems. People with the syndrome are also more likely to have musical skills."
Thursday, June 4, 2009