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CRBLM Inaugural Symposium – Music & Language 1 – Development

3 May 2013 @ 9 h 00 min - 4 May 2013 @ 13 h 00 min

Language and music are arguably the most significant social and neurobiological endowments of humankind. At the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM) they are the framework through which our members address questions in human development, cognition, performance, function and dysfunction. They are also fruitful areas for cross-domain comparison. Music and language share many features such as a complex sound-pattern system, temporal structures, melody and intonation as well as sequencing and syntax. Conversely, differences in the domains illustrate what is unique about each. Please join us at our inaugural symposium in which we will explore these issues with local, national and international experts, with a focus this year on development.

Confirmed speakers for the symposium include:

  • Nina Kraus (Northwestern University)
  • Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Laurel Trainor (McMaster University)
  • David Poeppel (New York University)
  • Ani Patel (Tufts University)
  • Linda Polka (McGill University)
  • Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto and University of Montreal)
  • Jon Sakata (McGill University)
  • Lucie Ménard (University of Quebec at Montreal)

The symposium will also feature a round-table discussion on sensitive periods chaired by Virginia Penhune (Concordia University) and including: Etienne de Villers-Sidani (McGill University), Denise Klein (McGill University), Laurel Trainor (McMaster University) and Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison).


Registration fees include:

  • Access to conference and poster session on Friday and Saturday morning
  • Coffee breaks
  • Friday lunch (lunch box)
  • Cocktail reception on Friday evening
EARLY BIRD - until March 31st, 2013
  • CRBLM Student / CRBLM postdoctoral fellows: 50$
  • Other Student/postdoctoral fellows: 85$
  • CRBLM faculty member: 120$
  • Others (non-members): 200$
LATE REGISTRATION – from April 1st, 2013
  • CRBLM Student / CRBLM postdoctoral fellows: 65$
  • Other Student/postdoctoral fellows: 100$
  • CRBLM faculty member: 150$
  • Others (non-members): 250$
Note that registration fees are non-refundable.

Online registration is now open. Please click here to register. Ensure to select the “CRBLM Inaugural Symposium” corresponding to your current status.



Friday, May 3rd

9-10am: Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison) – “Music, Language, and the Infant Mind: Mechanisms, Interactions, and Open Questions”

10-10:30am: Sandra Trehub (University of Toronto, Mississauga) – “A Musical Path to Language”

10:30-11am: Coffee break

11am-12pm: David Poeppel (New York University) – “The temporal structure of perceptual experience”

12-12:30pm: Linda Polka (McGill University) – “The imprint of native language rhythm on speech and music (?) processing”

12:30-1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15-3pm: Poster session (coffee & tea available from 2:30pm)

3-4pm: Aniruddh D. Patel (Tufts University) – “Auditory processing demands in speech and music: a developmental perspective”

4-6pm: Roundtable on sensitive periods, chaired by Virginia Penhune (Concordia University) – Etienne de Villers-Sidani (McGill University), Denise Klein (McGill University), Laurel Trainor (McMaster University) and Jenny Saffran (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Saturday, May 4th

9am: Coffee break

9:30-10:30am: Nina Kraus (Northwestern University) – “Music, language and the brain: development and neuroeducational outcomes”

10:30-11am: Jon Sakata (McGill University) - “Songbirds as model systems for human speech and musical abilities”

 11-11:30am: Break

11:30-12pm: Lucie Ménard (Université du Québec à Montréal) – “Speech development and prosody : some theoretical and experimental issues”

12pm-1pm: Laurel Trainor (McMaster University) – “The development of spectral and temporal (rhythmic) processes that underlie  musical and linguistic communication”


Submissions for a poster session are now welcome and student presenters will be eligible for a $250 prize for best conference poster (student must be first author).

To submit your abstract, please send, in a Word document, the following information:

  • Your name, affiliation and contact information (email address). Please include the names of your supervisor(s) if applicable, your research center affiliation(s) and university affiliation.
  • Names of all contributors on your poster
  • A maximum 250 word abstract

Forward your proposals by March 1, 2013 to info@brams.umontreal.ca

Poster abstract due date: March 1, 2013
Decision date: March 15, 2013



3 May 2013 @ 9 h 00 min
4 May 2013 @ 13 h 00 min




Amphithéâtre Le Groupe Maurice
IUGM, 4565 Chemin Queen Mary, Montréal, Quebec H3W 1W5 Canada