The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Yune S. Lee

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Neural and behavioral connections between speech, language, and music (SLAM); neural plasticity associated with improved language/cognitive functions following music-based intervention; impact of lifelong music training on protecting cognitive and sensory declines

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-5628
Office: CR_1.342
Campus Mail Code: CRA13
Website: SLAM Lab


I received a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Dartmouth College and postdoctoral training at University of Pennsylvania. Before joining BBS, I was an assistant professor at the Ohio State University. My research is focused on the behavioral and neural connections between music and language. I conduct several interdisciplinary projects that leverage music to promote the neural plasticity pertaining to enhanced speech and language functions.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Kim, H-W, Lee, K, Lee, YS.(2022). Joint contribution of sensorimotor and working memory systems for development of rhythm perception. Developmental Science, e13261.

Heard, M., Li, X., & Lee, Y. S. (2021). Hybrid auditory fMRI: In pursuit of increasing data acquisition while decreasing the impact of scanner noise. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 358, 109198.

Moritz, M, Heard, M, Kim, H-W, Lee, YS. (2020). Invariance of edit-distance to tempo in rhythm similarity, Psychology of Music.

Lee, YS, Ahn, SH, Holt, RF, Schellenberg, G. Rhythm and syntax processing in school-age children, Developmental Psychology. (2020).

Heard, MJ & Lee, YS. (2020). Shared neural resources of rhythm and grammar: An ALE Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychologia. 137,107284.


Lee, YS, Thaut, C, Santoni, C. (2019). Neurological music therapy for speech and language rehabilitation. Oxford Handbook on Music and the Brain. Oxford University Press.

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