BRAMS – Talk by Delphine Dellacheire

BRAMS – Talk by Delphine Dellacheire

Jun 10, 2019 | No Comments

Let’s dance: cerebellum and rhythm in children with developmental anomalies

Abstract: The cerebellum plays an important role in music perception and temporal cognition, including sensorimotor synchronization, critical for motor and cognitive development. Moreover, sensorimotor learning, which is critical in a child’s development, depends on the cerebellum.

Developmental Cerebellar Anomalies (DCA) are rare dysfunctions of the cerebellum in relation to genetic pathologies and/or congenital malformations that affect motor and cognitive skills. In these pathologies, cerebellar dysfunction leads to visible and documented clinical symptoms such as freezing, imbalance, and slowing in gait, speech, ocular pursuit and graphism as well as other cognitive and affective symptoms that are still today underspecified in clinical care, including musical and timing deficits. Moreover, despite the cerebellum’s neuroplasticity, specific remediation strategies to compensate cerebellar dysfunction are lacking. To fill this gap, we used dance as a remediation tool for cerebellar dysfunction. Dance is a full-body, collective, motivating and rhythmic activity that stimulates the sensorimotor neuronal circuitry (e.i, cerebellum, basal ganglia, motor and pre-motor cortices) and has already been used to improve rhythm and cognition in children and adults (e.g., ADHD, Parkinson’s disease).

The presentation will focus on the preliminary data of our laboratory describing musical and rhythmic abilities in children with DCA and improvement of their skills after two months dance training, possible effect of the stimulation of cerebello-cortical connections and compensation via cortico-basal loops (basal ganglia) through sensorimotor training. Transfer effects on executive functions and social skills will be discussed. These findings pave the way to innovative intervention strategies for children with neurodevelopmental disorders based on dance.

Bio: Delphine Dellacherie obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Lille (France) under the supervision of Prof. Séverine Samson in 2009. She is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Lille since 2013. She is also a neuropsychologist in the neuropediatric unit of the CHU of Lille at the “Centre National de Référence des Maladies et anomalies congénitales du Cervelet” (CRMR Troubles du cervelet) since 2010. Her research focuses on the cerebellum and child development with a focus on music, timing and neurodevelopmental pathologies. Her research is funded by the “Fondation Maladies Rares”.




Participate in a study on RHYTHM

Feb 18, 2019 | No Comments

The laboratory of Prof. Simone Dalla Bella, University of Montreal, is interested in your abilities to perceive and synchronize to the rhythm.

  • We are looking for non-musicians (formal musical experience of less than two years), having  normal hearing and normal sight (or corrected to normal);
  • Receive $ 10 per hour by participating in three sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes each;
  • In several tasks, you will have to either listen to sequences of sounds and detect if these sounds are at the same pace or synchronize by tapping on a tablet;
  • Appointments at your convenience!
  • International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) is located at University of Montreal, Metro station Édouard-Montpetit

If you meet the following criteria :

  • 18 years old or more
  • Non-musician (less than two years of formal musical training)
  • Normal hearing and vision ( or corrected to normal)

Please write to  or contact us on 514-343-6111, poste 3594 if you have any questions or if you want to take an appointment.

Apprendre la musique
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Apprendre la musique

Sep 21, 2018 | No Comments

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 ?

The main site of BRAMS located at 1430 Mont-Royal, will close

The main site of BRAMS located at 1430 Mont-Royal, will close

Dec 9, 2017 | No Comments

On December 15th, 2017, the main site of BRAMS located at 1430 Mont-Royal, closed due to the sale of the building by the university. It will be relocated to another building, across the street in Pavilion Marie-Victorin, and will re-open in June 2018. We look forward to welcoming you there to continue the excellent research that has characterized BRAMS over the last ten years.

Isabelle Peretz and Robert Zatorre

Musiciens non joueurs de jeux-vidéo recherchés

Musiciens non joueurs de jeux-vidéo recherchés

May 11, 2017 | No Comments

La cognition des musiciens
Musiciens non joueurs de jeux-vidéo recherchés

L’étude vise à mieux comprendre la cognition des musiciens et consiste à faire une session de tâches à l’ordinateur (≈ 1h30 min.). L’étude a lieu à l’Université de Montréal (station Édouard Montpetit). Une compensation financière de 25$ est offerte aux participants.

Pour être admissible, vous devez remplir tous les critères suivants :

  • Être musicien (ex. professeurs de musique, étudiants au conservatoire), ainsi que jouer actuellement et régulièrement d’un instrument (ex. 1h/jour);
  • Avoir suivi des cours formels (ex. conservatoire);
  • Avoir entre 18- 35 ans;
  • Ne pas avoir joué à des jeux-vidéo depuis 2 ans;
  • Ne jamais avoir joué plus de 1 ou 2 fois par mois à des jeux-vidéo;
  • Avoir une bonne santé physique et psychologique.

Si vous répondez à ces critères et désirez participer à l’étude écrivez à l’adresse

Dans le courriel, s.v.p veuillez inclure votre nom, votre âge, votre adresse courriel, votre numéro de téléphone (important), depuis combien d’années vous jouez du piano et veuillez inscrire le nom de l’étude “Cognition-Musicien” comme objet du courriel.

Call for papers for a special issue on Music & Aphasia in Aphasiology

Call for papers for a special issue on Music & Aphasia in Aphasiology

Apr 11, 2017 | No Comments

We are considering a special issue on the topic of music and aphasia planned for the specialty journal  Aphasiology 

Scientific papers relevant to the neuroscientific and cognitive study of music in aphasia are welcome. In particular, we are interested in original research reports, reviews, case studies, and clinical and theoretical papers. If you are interest in contributing, please send us a title and abstract by May 15.

Online singing judgment survey

Online singing judgment survey

Mar 7, 2017 | No Comments

The Peretz Lab is currently recruiting participants to evaluate singing performances via an online survey.

Any adult with normal hearing can participate.  It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete the survey.  If you wish to participate, please complete the survey version corresponding to your birthday date. Also, make sure to use Chrome as the survey does not work on other browsers.

Participate in a study on the perception of emotional and social information!

Feb 28, 2017 | No Comments

We are currently recruiting female and male musicians (with a minimum of 5 years of formal training) and non-musicians who have no history of neurological or auditory disease, as to complete a behavioural assessment, where participants will be asked to rate social visual and auditory stimuli (e.g. faces and voices) based on their perceived emotion and different physical attributes.

Participants needed for a MUSIC PSYCHOLOGY STUDY

Feb 28, 2017 | No Comments

Currently recruiting participants for a number of studies

on music perception and cognition.

This is an opportunity to contribute to important scientific research

and learn about how the brain processes music.