Graduate Trainees

Aaron Colverson

Aaron Colverson

Aaron Colverson is grounded in music, with a BA from Berklee College of Music, Boston. His principal instrument is violin with training in Western European classical, as well as numerous contemporary genres and a passion for improvisation. After a two-year journey to East Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya, Aaron interacted with musicians from a broad scope of training and interests, particularly through numerous annual music festivals held in the region, as well as the Kenyan coast.

Aaron is currently an MA student in Ethnomusicology at the University of Florida. His research interests are at the crossroads of social-neuroscience and ethnomusicology, focusing on music's role in the facilitation of social engagement. Based from the Polyvagal theory (Porges, 1995), he intends to document the effects of certain music upon people's autonomic state with and without music present. How the hypothesized shifts in autonomic state affect empathic decision making will contribute to existing literature on these topics and offer new directions for existing lines of similar inquiry.

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