Kristine H. Onishi, PhD

Kristine H. Onishi, PhD

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Kristine Onishi’s research interests include cognitive development and language acquisition in infants and adults; learning about sound structures; and infants understanding of others’ actions.

Lise Gagnon, PhD

Lise Gagnon, PhD

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Ichiro Fujinaga, PhD

Ichiro Fujinaga, PhD

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Prof. Fujinaga’s research interests include music theory, machine learning, music perception, digital signal processing, genetic algorithms, optical music recognition, and music information acquisition, preservation, and retrieval.

Nathalie Fernando, PhD

Nathalie Fernando, PhD

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Today, no society – not even the most traditional ones – can in any real sense escape the impact of the worldwide circulation of cultural products or that of the tourism industry, which is growing rapidly in many countries. General attitudes toward these trends are ambivalent: on the one hand, there is hope that they will contribute to a mutual enrichment of cultures and an appreciation of their intrinsic values; on the other, there is concern that the trends may lead to the gradual erosion and homogenization of cultural heritages. The key questions raised in this context involve the balance of cultural exchange and the dynamic potential that each culture can harness to develop and renew itself.

Professor Fernando’s research program revolves around three themes, which must be approached from a transversal perspective and will require the application of concepts and methods drawn from two disciplines – ethnomusicology and anthropology.

The three themes are (1) globalization phenomena, (2) the integration of musical heritage in tourism, and (3) the categorization of musical forms. The basic goal is to identify the processes at play in each phenomenon, analyse their changing characteristics and provide keys for interpreting how they function, identify and explain the contexts in which they operate, assess their impact within and outside a given culture, and bring out the underlying issues.

Simone Dalla Bella, PhD
Lola L. Cuddy, PhD

Lola L. Cuddy, PhD

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My research interests are music perception, cognition, and performance. The science of music has a long history: scholarship across the ages has maintained that music is attuned to the structures and regularities of the external world. A new dimension is offered by contemporary research: responses to music reveal the operation of perceptual, cognitive, and affective processes through which the brain interprets the external world. In our laboratory, we study listeners’ abilities to evaluate, recognize, remember, and produce music and music-like materials. The components of music that we have studied include melody, harmony, duration, rhythm, and meter. Our research addresses theoretical issues in both cognitive psychology and contemporary music theory. In addition to our research with music within the Western tonal-harmonic idiom, we are exploring the adaptability and flexibility of perceptual/cognitive systems to appreciate novel musical idioms and the idioms of other cultures.

Luis Concha, MD, PhD

Luis Concha, MD, PhD

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Luis Concha obtained his MD in Mexico, after which he moved to Edmonton, Canada, and obtained his PhD in Medical Sciences/ Biomedial Engineering at the University of Alberta, where he worked under the supervision of Drs. Christian Beaulieu and Donald W. Gross in the fields of DTI and epilepsy. He continued his work at the Montreal Neurological Institute, where he did his post-doctoral fellowship with Drs. Neda and Andrea Bernasconi. Since January, 2010 he is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Neurobiology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he began his work in the field of music and fMRI in close collaboration with the BRAMS (Drs. Peretz and Armony).

His current research involves the characterization of the secondary auditory cortex and its relation to the perception of complex acoustic stimuli including music and speech, and how its function, connectivity and morphology are modulated by musicianship. To this end, he employs MRI techniques such as fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging and quantification of cortical thickness.

Pascal Belin, PhD

Pascal Belin, PhD

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Obtained a degree of engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) in 1992, and a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, France) in 1997. He then joined the Montreal Neurological Institute (McGill University, Canada) as a postdoctoral fellow, and the Département de Psychologie at Université de Montréal in 2001 as an assistant-professor. He joined the Department of Psychology of the University of Glasgow in August 2005.

His research interests are in the cognitive neuroscience of auditory processing in general, of voice processing in particular.

Douglas Eck, PhD

Douglas Eck, PhD

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