Conférence by Jonathan Bolduc
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Conférence by Jonathan Bolduc

Publié par: le 6 octobre 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Use of the MBEMA with preschoolers

During this conference, we will present the adaptation of the Montreal Battery of assessment of Musical Abilities (MBEMA) for children of pre-school age. This version of the battery, using a digital tablet, includes test on melody, rhythm and memory. A pilot assessment was conducted with 100 French-speaking children aged between 3 and 5 years (N = 49 boys, 51 girls), from different socio-economic contexts in Quebec.

Preliminary results allow to see a gradual and significant improvement of musical skills  based on the age of participants and their musical experience. Despite methodological limitations related to the young age of the subjects, the use of the MBEMA seems to represent a reliable assessment tool to measure the musical skills during childhood.

Jonathan Bolduc holds a Canada Research Chair on music and learning. He is also an associate professor of music education at pre-school/elementary school at the Faculty of music, where he also runs the laboratory Mus-Alpha.

Talk by Michael Weiss
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Talk by Michael Weiss

Publié par: le 9 septembre 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Exploring the memory advantage for vocal melodies

The voice is a biologically significant and spectrally rich signal that plays a critical role in communication and social engagement throughout life. Nevertheless, music cognition and perception research does not typically use vocal music as stimuli, opting instead for timbres that are easier to manipulate and control (e.g., digital instruments). The evolutionary and ontogenetic significance of the voice are among the reasons to expect distinctive and favored processing of vocal music. My MA research compared memory for vocal and instrumental melodies, revealing superior recognition of vocal melodies and no differences among various instrumental renditions (Weiss, Trehub, & Schellenberg, 2012). The current talk is a summary of my Ph.D. research, which explored various facets of the ‘vocal memory advantage’ by (1) testing additional populations of listeners (children, musicians and nonmusicians), (2) using physiological (pupil dilation) as well as behavioral responses, (3) examining the implications of divided attention (a concurrent task), and (4) confirming the generality of the findings across male and female vocalists. Collectively, the research provides definitive evidence that musical timbres are unequal in their consequences for music cognition. Specifically, vocal and instrumental melodies have differential effects on arousal, attention, and memory.

Michael has joined the lab of Isabelle Peretz as a postdoc. His research examines adults’ and children’s memory for melodies using a variety of methods. He is currently attempting to pinpoint the factors that make vocal melodies so memorable.

Conference by Evelyne Mercure, PhD
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Conference by Evelyne Mercure, PhD

Publié par: le 25 août 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Voice and language processing in the infant brain

From the first days of life, babies appear to be naturally attracted to human voices. Recent advances in neuroimaging methods now allow studying brain responses to these socially relevant stimuli in young infants. Both fMRI and fNIRS suggest a network of areas specialised for processing human speech and non-speech vocalisations in infancy.

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Projet SEUR 2016

Publié par: le 26 juillet 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Au cours de la période estivale, de la fin juin au début août (six semaines) le Projet SEUR accueille gratuitement des élèves de 3e, 4e et 5e secondaire dans le cadre de séjours d’immersion sur le campus de l’Université de Montréal et en entreprises. Les participants sont sensibilisés à différentes perspectives d’études et de carrières par le biais d’activités diverses : expériences en laboratoire, débats, visites d’entreprises et ateliers. Des étudiants, des chercheurs et des professeurs issus du milieu universitaire ainsi que des professionnels provenant de différents horizons assurent l’animation des diverses activités.

Considérant le succès de l’an dernier, le projet SEUR aimerait encore emmener  leurs étudiants pour visiter le BRAMS, avec des visites sur les recherches et l’équipement qui se trouvent au BRAMS.

Il y aura trois visites les 26, 27 juillet et le 2 août en avant-midi de 9h30 à 11h et les groupes sont composés d’environ 30 jeunes de 3e, 4e et 5e secondaire. Horaire de la visite :

  • 09h30 à 10h00 : Accueil de jeunes, présentation des étudiants participants et la diversité de leur parcours.
  • 10h00 à 10h50 : Rotation avec trois groupes de 10 étudiants dans trois locaux du BRAMS pour des présentations d’environ 15 minutes (Les locaux présentés seront décidés selon les étudiants du BRAMS qui se porteront volontaires pour cette visite.)
  • 10h50 à 11h : Retour en groupe.

 

Bénévoles: Nicolo Bernardi, Justin Bouvier, Baptiste Chemin,  Francis L’Africain, Alexandra Leblanc, Chanel Marion-St-Onge, Joël Paquette, Marielle Saucier, Régis Trapeau

Organisatrice:

Éva Nadon, Université de Montréal

PhD candidate  in neuropsychology research and intervention

Laboratory and research center MUSEC, BRAMS, CRBLM and CERNEC

Motor interactions between mouth, hand and foot
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Motor interactions between mouth, hand and foot

Publié par: le 8 juillet 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Intensive contraction of a muscle modulates the corticospinal excitability (CSE) not only of the contracting muscle, but also of the resting muscles located in remote parts of the body; this is the so-called “remote effect”. We investigated to what extent the CSE of a hand muscle is modulated during preparation and execution of mouth and foot movements either separately or in combination. Hand-muscle CSE was estimated based on motor evoked potentials (MEPs) elicited by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and recorded from the first dorsal interosseous (FDI) muscle.

Naeem received his Ph.D. in Human Movement Science from the University of Verona and VU University of Amsterdam, where he aimed to tackle the interaction between sound perception and motor behavior, and sought to unravel its neural underpinnings. Thereafter, he spent time as a postdoc at the University of Helsinki. Recently, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Isabelle Peretz as a postdoc to perform research in the field of neuroscience of music.

Presentation by Marianne Stephan
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Presentation by Marianne Stephan

Publié par: le 10 juin 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Marianne Stephan is interested in the influence of auditory information on motor learning and memory formation and  its underlying neuronal mechanisms. She’s currently doing a PostDoc with Dr Virginia Penhune (Concordia University). The presentation will be about preliminary data of a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation study performed last year at BRAMS.

Investigating corticospinal excitability during melody listening: a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation study

Conference by Jonathan Fritz
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Conference by Jonathan Fritz

Publié par: le 30 mai 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Transformation from sound to meaning in the ferret auditory cortex.  

How do we make sense of the sounds we hear? We propose that there is a transformation from sound to meaning in the brain, which includes multiple steps from an initial, faithful encoding of incoming spectrotemporal acoustic patterns to further stages where the relevant auditory objects are recognized, categorized and associated with task or context-specific behavioral meaning and appropriate responses.

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CRBLM-BRAMS Workshop on Mobile EEG for Neuroscience

Publié par: le 27 mai 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Register: http://goo.gl/forms/c6G2FFew0ZdA8PH23 (Deadline is May 23)

Schedule:

During the day: BRAMS conference room

9 – 9:15 am Welcome Address Alexandre Lehmann (McGill, CRBLM-BRAMS)http://www.crblm.ca/members/regular/alexandre_lehmann
9:15 – 10 am Mobile EEG: Toys, medical devices, and everything in between Jeremy Moreau (NeuroSpeed Lab, MNI)http://www.mcgill.ca/bic/research/neurospeed-dynamic-neuroimaging-laboratory-baillet
10 – 10:15 am Visualizing frequency band activity with consumer EEG Naoto Hieda (Shared Reality Lab, McGill)http://srl.mcgill.ca
10:15 – 11:15 am MuLES software + live demo Raymundo Cassani (MusaeLab, INRS)http://musaelab.ca/team-view/raymundo-cassani/
11:15 am – 12 pm LSL software presentation Martin Bleichner (Oldenburg University)http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/psychologie/neuropsychologie/team/martin-bleichner/
12 – 1 pm BREAK
1 pm – 3:30 pm Hands-On Recording with LSL and the SMARTING Device Martin Bleichner (Oldenburg University)

LECTURE:  Pavillon Marie-Victorin Room D-440 (90 Avenue Vincent-d’Indy, Metro Édouard-Montpetit)

BRAMS-CRBLM Invited Lecture (4 – 5 pm): Martin Bleichner (Oldenburg University, Germany)

Topic: The Oldenburg approach to mobile EEG

In this talk I will present our approach on mobile EEG. The joint research cluster Hearing4All has the goal to better understand and to improve hearing where necessary. Our group’s project focuses on controlling hearing devices using the listener’s neural activity: instead of needing a remote control to select the optimal setting, the hearing device should seamlessly respond to its user’s intentions. For this it is necessary to record and to understand the neural activity related to hearing in daily life situations. To this end we have developed solutions for mobile EEG acquisitions that allow for concealed signal acquisition. With a combination of mobile EEG, ear-centered EEG (cEEGrid, eartrode) and mobile signal acquisition (smartphone based) we can study the aspects of auditory attention inside and outside the lab. Here I will talk about our approach to mobile EEG and will present a number of studies we have conducted on auditory attention. Further, I will present an overview of a number of studies in our lab that use mobile EEG, for example to study social interactions or aspects of neurorehabilitation.

 

The lecture will be followed by a gathering, back at BRAMS in the conference room,  with live demos of mobile EEG technology (N. Hieda & R. Cassini)

 

Conference by Tim Falconer
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Conference by Tim Falconer

Publié par: le 26 mai 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Tim Falconer, author of Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music

Tim Falconer, a self-described bad singer, always wanted to make music, but after he started taking vocal lessons he learned that he’s actually amusic.

Étude sur la modulation de la perception de l’intensité sonore chez les gens avec acouphènes

Étude sur la modulation de la perception de l’intensité sonore chez les gens avec acouphènes

Publié par: le 20 mai 2016 | Pas de commentaire

Notre équipe de recherche s’intéresse à la façon dont les générateurs de bruit modifient la perception de l’intensité sonore.