BRAMS – Talk by Delphine Dellacheire

BRAMS – Talk by Delphine Dellacheire

Posted by: on 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”.




Public Lecture by Antonio Damasio on “Notes on Feeling, Music and the Human Brain”

Posted by: on Sep 30, 2015 | No Comments

You are invited to attend a Public Lecture entitled “Notes on Feeling, Music and the Human Brain”. This exciting lecture will be given by Antonio Damasio of the University of Southern California, USA.

BRAMS: The Next Ten Years

BRAMS: The Next Ten Years

Posted by: on Apr 28, 2015 | No Comments

Tenth anniversary symposium of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research

October 21- 23, 2015

Musicians: Born or Made?

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Scientific workshop and public concert-conference in Montreal

Registration: The conference is free, however we would appreciate if you would register in
advance here:

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ÉcoCiné – Alive Inside, suivi par une présentation de Prof. Isabelle Peretz – Mardi 3 février 2015 à 18h
Recovering the Music – Prof. Isabelle Peretz on Les années lumières – Radio-Canada

Recovering the Music – Prof. Isabelle Peretz on Les années lumières – Radio-Canada

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Listen to Prof. Isabelle Peretz on Les années Lumières!

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Hear Dr. Anna Zumbansen @ Vues&Voix

Hear Dr. Anna Zumbansen @ Vues&Voix

Posted by: on Jan 16, 2015 | No Comments

BRAMS invites you to listen to our graduated , Dr. Anna Zumbansen on the issue Vues & Voix with the host Marianne Paquette!


For a moment , imagine that you are in a country where you can not speak or understand the language.

This is what almost 100,000 Canadians affected by aphasia are living. However, many people with aphasia are still able to sing. Can singing promote the recovery of language? Today I discuss this question with Louise Bourbonnais, Executive Director of the Quebec Association of aphasia, Christine Cantin, musician and conductor of a choir, and Anna Zumbansen, aphasia and speech specialist at BRAMS (Brain, Music and Sound) from the University of Montreal.

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Congratulations, Anna!

*Please note, this presentation is in French.