Alane Brown earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton University, with a focus on attribution theory, nonverbal behavior and human deception. She has also conducted research in the areas of stereotyping, close relationships, religious attitudes and natural resource conservation. Dr. Brown’s current focus is on the psychology of music. She is currently conducting research on the effect of music-making on well-being. Other interests include the use of music for mood regulation; music as expression of identity and the relationship between music and political attitudes. Dr. Brown has taught at Fort Lewis College since 1990. She routinely teaches courses on Group Dynamics, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Creativity, Research Methods, the Psychology of Religion and Environmental Psychology. She is a member of several professional associations of social scientists interested in the psychological dimensions of music.