New this year: BRAMS – CRBLM Lecture Series

New this year: BRAMS – CRBLM Lecture Series

To continue the BRAMS mission as a fertile ground for sharing scientific knowledge and to support students’ research and interaction, a new series of events will take place every Wednesday at 3:00 pm at local D-427 (with exception).

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

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.

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 (CFI). Thanks to the CFI 14 million dollar 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, a fully functional Motion Capture lab and a Bösendorfer piano unique in North America, currently at the Laval campus. Since April 2011, BRAMS is part of the CRBLM strategic cluster – Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music.

Our interests

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 remember, play, listen and respond to music? How are these functions related to other cognitive domains such as understanding speech? How do these functions 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 more than 60 internationally renowned faculty members dedicated to auditory cognitive neuroscience. Nine of them hold a Canada Research Chair (Isabelle Peretz, Pierre Jolicoeur, Caroline Palmer, Jorge Armony, Nathalie Fernando, Debra Titone, Karsten Steinhauer, Karim Jerbi and Miriam Beauchamp) 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 motor performance, with a common interest in the neural substrates of human auditory cognition and music in particular.