Solena Mednicoff

PhD Candidate

University of California, Irvine

I am a PhD Candidate in Cognitive Sciences with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience. My research interests include music cognition, neuroscience, learning and behavior, as well as user engagement & analytics.

I lead and collaborate with research groups to investigate the neurobiology of listening to major and minor music. I also manage and work with a communications team to create content for the UC Irvine Graduate Division social media platforms.


  • Music Cognition
  • Music Information Retrieval
  • Data Science
  • Social Media Research & Analytics


  • PhD in Cognitive Sciences, exp. 2021

    University of California, Irvine

  • MS in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2017

    University of California, Irvine

  • BS in Neuroscience, 2015

    University of Nevada, Reno

  • Minor in Piano Performance, 2015

    University of Nevada, Reno