Simone Dalla Bella, PhD

Simone Dalla Bella, PhD

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Research interests: Cognitive and neuronal bases of music perception and performance; Assessment of rhythm perception and production; Synchronization of movement to auditory rhythms; Motor and cognitive rehabilitation via musical rhythm; Movement disorders (Parkinson’s disease)

Simone Dalla Bella is interested in the cognitive and neuronal mechanisms underpinning music perception and performance. His research has focused on musical skills, such as pitch and rhythm perception/production, in the general population as well as in individuals with musical deficits (tone deafness and beat deafness). Current research is centered around 1) the evaluation and profiling of rhythmic abilities in healthy individuals and patient populations (e.g., patients with Parkinson’s disease, ADHD), and 2) the use of rhythmic stimulation and training to improve motor skills (e.g., gait and speech in patients with Parkinson’s disease). He uses behavioral methods, motion capture, EEG, and exploits new mobile technologies for testing and training purposes.

Robert J. Zatorre, PhD

Robert J. Zatorre, PhD

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Dr. Zatorre, based at the Montreal Neurological Institute, works in cognitive neuroscience.  His research deals with complex auditory perceptual processes, especially the processing of musical sounds and speech. He also works on auditory spatial processes and cross-modal plasticity.  Additional research is concerned with anatomical measures of auditory cortex and its relation to hemispheric asymmetries.  Research methods include functional imaging techniques (fMRI, PET), cortical morphometry, and behavioral-lesion methods in patients with focal brain damage.