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Apprendre la musique

Comment l’apprentissage de la musique agit-il sur notre cerveau ? Quels effets a-t-il sur la curiosité, l’attention et la mémorisation ? Quel impact sur la lecture ou le raisonnement mathématique ? Faut-il, pour apprendre et faire des progrès, qu’un enfant ait l’oreille musicale ? Et s’il chante faux ? Que penser par ailleurs des adultes qui décident de s’y mettre sur le tard ? Y a-t-il un âge pour apprendre la musique ?

Welcome to BRAMS – International Laboratory for BRAin, Music and Sound Research

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BRAMS, International Laboratory for BRAin, Music and Sound Research, is a unique centre dedicated to research excellence, located in Montreal and jointly affiliated with the University of Montreal and McGill University. The research centre is devoted to the study of music cognition with a focus on neuroscience. BRAMS welcomes more than 35 faculty members and 100 trainees.

The idea of BRAMS was born in August 2003, a dream of several Montreal researchers, affiliated to McGill, Concordia and University of Montreal, to create a research centre that would unite their highly complementary backgrounds and common interest in understanding the neural substrates of human auditory cognition, and of music processing in particular. In February 2007, BRAMS obtained a major grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Thanks to the CFI 14 million dollars grant, BRAMS offers its members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students the best infrastructure currently available worldwide for experimental approaches to Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience. The main laboratory, now located at Université de Montréal (90 Ave. Vincent-d’Indy, Outremont) offers nine soundproof testing rooms, a FNIRS System (Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy), a TMS System (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), five EEG systems (Electro-encephalography), a DOME with 80 speakers and a fully functional Motion Capture lab.  Since April 2011, BRAMS is part of the CRBLM strategic cluster – Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music.


The main interests of BRAMS include answering the following questions: Why is the brain musical? How does the structure and function of the nervous system allow us to listen to, remember, play, and respond to music? How are these functions related to others such as understanding speech? How do these processes change during development, and how do they breakdown in disease? Such questions concerne BRAMS co-directors, Simone Dalla Bella (Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Montreal) and Robert Zatorre (Professor, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University). Dr. Dalla Bella has particular expertise in the cognitive and neural processes underlying music, while Dr. Zatorre is more concentrated on the structure and function of the auditory cortex.

Today, BRAMS is home to 35 internationally renowned faculty members dedicated to auditory cognitive neuroscience. Seven  of them hold a Canada Research Chair: Isabelle Peretz, Pierre Jolicoeur, Caroline Palmer, Jorge Armony, Nathalie Fernando, Debra Titone and Karsten Steinhauer; and Robert Zatorre holds a James McGill Research Chair. Such a concentration of experts in the neuroscience of music and auditory cognition is unique in North America. BRAMS members’ research covers the spectrum from perception of music, speech, and voice to memory and performance.