Brain Theory and Elementary Particle theory
Professor Shaw earned his B.S. from Case Institute of Technology in 1954 and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Cornell University in 1959. He had post-doctoral positions at Indiana University and the University of California, San Diego, and a teaching position at Stanford University before joining the new UCI campus in 1965. He became Professor in 1968 and Professor Emeritus in 1994. In addition to his research in elementary particle theory (mainly on models of exotic systems of quarks), he started working on brain theory in 1974 which is now his primary area of research. He is President of the non-profit Music Intelligence Neuronal Development Institute (click on the web site in upper right corner).
His brain research uses "music as a window into higher brain function". Behavioral studies and neurophysiological investigations are done motivated by the structured trion brain model. Results show music enhances spatial-temporal reasoning and learning math, and is of scientific and educational relevance. He has over 165 publications in neuroscience and elementary particle physics including the book -"Keeping Mozart in Mind". Academic Press 2000. He is co-discoverer of the Mozart effect. His theory work with WA Little in the 1970's led to the trion model.
Shaw GL, Silverman DJ, Pearson JC. Model of cortical organization embodying a basis for a theory of information processing and memory recall. Proc. Natl. Acad. Science, USA 1985; 82: 2364-2368.
McGrann JV, Shaw GL, Shenoy KV, Leng X, Mathews RB. Computation by symmetry operations in a structured model of the brain: Recognition of rotational invariance and time reversal. Physical Review 1994; E49:5830-5839.
Sardesai M, Figge C, Bodner M, Crosby M, Hansen J, Quillfeldt JA, Landau S, Ostling A, Vuong S, Shaw GL. Reliable short-term memory in the trion model: toward a cortical language and grammar. Biol. Cybernetics, in press, 2000
Rauscher FH, Shaw GL, Ky KN. Music and spatial task performance, Nature 1993; 365:611.
Johnson JK, Cotman CW, Tasaki CS, Shaw GL. Enhancement of spatial-temporal reasoning after a Mozart listening condition in Alzheimer's desease: a case study. Neurol. Res. 1998; 20:666-672.
Hughes JR, Daaboul Y, Fino JJ, Shaw GL. The "Mozart effect" on epileptiform activity, Clinical EEG 1998; 29: 109-119.
Muftuler LT, Bodner M, Shaw GL, Nalcioglu O. fMRI of Mozart effect using auditory stimuli. Abst at Int. Soc. for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 1999
Graziano AB, Peterson M, Shaw, GL. Enhanced learning of propotional
math through music training and spatial-temporal training, Neurol. Res.