UCSF Sound and Music Perception lab run by Dr. Charles Limb will be featured in upcoming episode of 60 Minutes

“This Sunday, February 23rd, CBS 60 Minutes will air a segment featuring jazz piano prodigy Matthew Whitaker. For roughly 6 months, the CBS News team worked on chronicling Matthew's life and his career thus far. You'll see him and his parents interviewed by correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and footage of his performances at last year's 50th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and his CD release party at Yamaha Artist Services in NYC. They also captured footage of Matthew with the piano teacher that he's had since he was 5 years old as well as other interesting aspects of this young artist's life.

Additionally, the research of the UCSF Sound and Music Perception lab run by Dr. Charles Limb will be featured in this 60 Minutes episode as well. Currently, the UCSF Sound and Music Perception lab has a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study the cognitive and neural correlates of improvisation across art forms. Matthew is a participant in this investigation as an eminent musician case study participant. Matthew traveled to UCSF this past August and was scanned in the fMRI scanner while performing various musical improvisation tasks. Additionally, Dr. Limb was interviewed by Sharyn Alfonsi to discuss some of Matthew’s data from his previous fMRI scanning session at UCSF. UCSF is excited to see this research highlighted on 60 Minutes.”