Emily BJ Coffey, Ph.D.

Emily BJ Coffey, Ph.D.

Posted by: on May 4, 2018 | No Comments

Coffey Lab: Audition, Sleep and Plasticity (CL: ASP) se concentre sur la neuroplasticité associée à des tâches complexes, en utilisant le sens musical et son interaction avec le langage comme modèle. Avec les collègues de BRAMS à l’Université McGill, nous avons créé une tâche en libre accès «musique dans le bruit» qui peut être utilisée pour étudier comment les individus utilisent les nombreux indices qui constituent la compétence de l’audition dans le bruit (HIN) et comment ces compétences diffèrent selon la formation musicale.

Notre laboratoire utilise divers outils de neuro-imagerie (MEG, EEG, IRMf, DWI, VBM) pour étudier les bases neurales du traitement auditif, l’audition dans le bruit et l’avantage des musiciens, ainsi que leur relation avec l’entraînement. Nous combinons également ces domaines avec de nouvelles techniques qui peuvent influer sur la consolidation de la mémoire dépendante du sommeil, comme la stimulation auditive en boucle fermée. En fin de compte, nos objectifs sont de comprendre comment les interventions par l’entraînement et le sommeil peuvent maintenir la fonction auditive et langagière et améliorer l’apprentissage et la qualité de vie.

Mickael Begon, Ph.D.

Mickael Begon, Ph.D.

Posted by: on Nov 29, 2017 | No Comments

Biomécanique, modélisation-simulation

Département de kinésiologie

Champs d’intérêt

  • Modélisation et simulation mécanique de la motricité humaine avec ou sans matériel;
  • Biomécanique de l’épaule de la prévention à la réadaptation;
  • Optimisation de mouvements sportifs.

Principaux projets de recherche en cours

  • Modélisation musculo-squelettique de l’épaule pour la conception d’orthèse et la prévention en manutention;
  • Modélisation de la cinématique des tissus mous et des os (application au membre inférieur);
  • Optimisation de mouvements gymniques à la barre fixe;
  • Mesure de la cinématique tridimensionnelle sur grand champ (marche, kayak et aviron);
  • Conception d’ergomètres optimisés (kayak et aviron)

 

Annelies Bockstael, Ph.D.

Annelies Bockstael, Ph.D.

Posted by: on Jul 6, 2017 | No Comments

Main interest is interdisciplinary research on auditory processing, attention and cognition.

In 2010, I obtained my PhD in Social Health Sciences at Ghent University (Belgium) on improved methods for the verification and implementation of personal hearing protectors at the work floor. This work was a highly interdisciplinary project, supervised by the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, and the Acoustics Research group (Department of Information and Communication Technology). From 2010 to 2016, I joined the Acoustics group as postdoctoral fellow of the Flemish Research Foundation (FWO). There I have been working on instantaneous effect of sound on human hearing and functioning.

My main research interest is how noise exposure affects in real-life health, functioning and well-being. I study this in four different domains: noise-induced hearing loss, environmental noise exposure, the effect of noise on cognition and attention, and particular subgroups who are particularly sensitive to sound and noise, including people with neuropsychiatric disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. This includes the assessment of various physiological measurement techniques, such as oto-acoustic emissions (OAE, assessing inner ear functioning) and electro-encephalography (EEG).

I am currently co-supervising one PhD student working on loudness perception and auditory processing in Parkinson’s disease, and another PhD project that will start shortly on single-trial EEG to assess attention fluctuation in auditory processing.

I consider myself an active member of the scientific community with over 30 scientific journal publications, and more than 25 contributions to conferences. I have received from Ghent University the Helmont price of Logopaedic and Audiological Sciences in 2013, the Young scientist award (InterNoise 2013) and the best students paper award at Euronoise 2009. I am also member of the CEN standards’ working group, am peer-reviewer of various journals in the broad field of acoustics, and have been session chair at two conferences.

Together with my scientific work, I am an enthusiastic teacher of various courses in audiology and acoustics, and supervise yearly several master projects, in audiology as well as engineering.

Karim Jerbi, PhD

Karim Jerbi, PhD

Posted by: on Sep 28, 2015 | No Comments

Dr. Jerbi is an assistant professor at Université de Montréal (2014-present) where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Systems Neuroscience and Cognitive Neuroimaging (Junior CRC). He leads a interdisciplinary research program that explores the neural substrate of brain function and dysfunction through the application of advanced signal processing and machine learning methods to multi-modal and multi-scale brain data.

He holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Brain Imaging (awarded by the University of Paris VI, France) and a degree in Biomedical Engineering (awarded by the University of Karlsruhe, Germany). In December 2012, he completed a Research Director Habilitation (awarded by the Claude Bernard University, UCBL, Lyon I).

Research overview: The focus of Dr. Jerbi’s research is the study of the functional role of neural oscillations and brain-wide network dynamics in human cognitive processes (e.g. perception, intention, action, error and performance monitoring and resting states) and their breakdown in psychiatric disorders. To achieve this, the research conducted in his lab relies on a combination of invasive (intracranial EEG, LFPs, single and multi-unit recordings) and non-invasive (EEG and MEG) recordings. Because his research is rooted in systems neuroscience and neuroimaging, his research and collaboration cover a wide range of cognitive processes, which include among other topics, audition, language, speech and music processing.

Research keywords: neuroscience, neuroimaging, brain networks, connectivity, oscillations, artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, cognition, neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Musical preferences: Chinese man, Sonic Youth, DJ Rupture, John Cage, Aphex Twin, Fela Kuti, The Cure, Gnawa Diffusion…

Denise Klein, PhD

Denise Klein, PhD

Posted by: on Aug 25, 2015 | No Comments

Dr. Denise Klein is a Scientist in the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Director of the Centre for Research on Brain Language and Music at McGill University, Montreal. She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Dr. Klein’s thesis research focused on developmental reading problems in bilingual children. Dr. Klein came to the MNI in 1992 as a postdoctoral fellow to work with Dr. Brenda Milner.  Dr. Klein’s arrival at the MNI coincided with the emerging use of functional neuroimaging techniques to study the neural representation of language. Dr. Klein has played a leading role in the development of the MNI’s cognitive neuroscience research program using positron emission tomography (PET) combined with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and more recently, functional MRI, to measure regional changes in cerebral blood flow during the performance of various language tasks. Dr. Klein’s early work pioneered the use of brain imaging for the study of bilingualism. Her research has provided a springboard for current debates about bilingual brain organization. Her findings also have implications for educational policy and for shedding light on optimal periods for early language exposure and learning in child development.

 

About the Language experience and the brain laboratory

Denise Klein, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Language experience and the brain laboratory at the Montreal Neurological Institute

The main focus in the lab is to explore how our early experience with language impacts the human brain, higher cognitive functions, and learning?  Our research combines behavioral methods with neuroimaging to investigate how neural recruitment is influenced by the age of acquisition/exposure, proficiency in the language, and the distinctive characteristics of languages. We seek to enhance our understanding of critical-period phenomena and neural plasticity in the human brain. The program of research addresses the extent to which the human brain has the capacity to change as a result of learning. Here, we specifically investigate the extent to which the neural patterns are fixed and the extent to which the patterns can be altered later in life. The results of these studies reveal the neural underpinnings of human brain development in relation to the age of language exposure, and they suggest periods when learning language are most optimal in early life.

A second focus in the lab is to use our work based on basic science to develop tools and questions related to presurgical and pre-treatment brain mapping in patients with various neurological disorders. In our lab we use neuroimaging tools to help map out functionally important areas for cognition in patients with focal brain lesions who are about to undergo treatment procedures at the Montreal Neurological Hospital involving cortex bordering on important functional brain areas. Our lab is currently responsible for running a pre-treatment functional brain mapping program at the MNI that integrates anatomical MRI, functional MRI and PET to facilitate preoperative diagnostic procedures in patients with brain lesions such as tumours, epileptic foci and vascular malformations that are in close proximity to areas of the brain that are critical to movement, vision, sensation, or language.

Nathalie Gosselin, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Nathalie Gosselin, PhD, Neuropsychologist

Posted by: on Dec 7, 2012 | No Comments

Nathalie Gosselin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal, Department of Psychology, and a researcher at the International Laboratory on Brain, Music and Sound Research(BRAMS) and CRBLM (Centre for Research on brain, language and music). She focuses primarily on the effect of music on cognition, mood, health, and stress, both in individuals struggling with neuropsychological disorders or mental health problems, than in people without neurological impairment or psychiatric disturbances. Her studies are designed to examine the effects of background music on cognition and are funded by the Québec Research Fund – Company Culture (FQRSC Establishment of new research professors). Dr. Gosselin’s plans to explore the effect of music on stress are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC Development Knowledge). Finally, her research on the effect of music on posttraumatic stress in patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury are funded by the Consortium for the development of research in trauma (AERDPQ, AQESSS, FRSQ, MSSS, REPAIR, SAAQ).

Nathalie Gosselin’s work with brain-damaged adults has increased understanding of brain organization in recognizing musical emotions. In particular, it demonstrated the key role of the amygdala in the perception of fear evoked by music. She also studies emotional processing across domains, including music, voices and faces. Her postdoctoral research has also carried on the perception of emotions evoked by music, faces and voices in patients with Alzheimer’s dementia.

Nathalie Gosselin is also Neuropsychologist. She was a clinician at the Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies, a mental health center affiliated with the University of Montreal, where she did neuropsychological assessments with children and adults with various mental disorders (ex., autism spectrum disorder, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder). In her work, she was called upon to contribute to the differential diagnosis and to make recommendations to guide interventions. Currently, she is involved in the Psy.D. program. in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal. Her responsibilities include supervising internships in clinical neuropsychology. She also offers services in private neuropsychological assessment. For more information, visit the following website: http://www.musec.ca/

Alexandre Lehmann, PhD

Alexandre Lehmann, PhD

Posted by: on Sep 6, 2012 | No Comments

Alexandre Lehmann, M.Eng., Ph.D., is assistant professor at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and adjunct professor at University of Montreal’s Psychology Department. He is also a principal member of the CRBLM (Centre for Research on Brain Language and Mind).

Alexandre’s research focuses on cognitive neuroscience of human auditory processing. He has been investigating brain plasticity and sensorimotor integration, both in the neocortex and subcortex, using electro-encephalography. Some of his topics of interests are selective attention, consonance perception, rhythmic entrainment and consciousness. He is currently applying those approaches to investigate performance and rehabilitation in cochlear implant users.

In the line with dynamical accounts of cognition and consciousness such as the oscillatory approach set forth by the enactive framework, he seeks to explore the interplay between subcortical and cortical structures. On the long-term he wishes to combine recent theoretical and technological advances, such as neuro-phenomenology, two-body neuroscience and mobile brain imaging, in order to study ecological situations such as collective dancing, chanting or drumming.

Simon Rigoulot, PhD

Simon Rigoulot, PhD

Posted by: on Sep 6, 2012 | No Comments

Dr. Simon Rigoulot is a professor of Neurosciences and Psychology at the University of Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR, Dept. of Psychology). He studied Cognitive Sciences at Université de Lille (France), and defended his thesis in 2008. His work has been focused on Affective Neurosciences, and deals with the neural correlates of the processing of emotional information, in visual and auditory modalities. He is now interested in multimodal emotional information and how individual factors such as cultural background or emotional skills influence this processing. His research methods involve a multi-dimensional approach, combining peripheral (Eye-Tracking, Skin Conductance Response, Heart Rate, Electro-myography…), central (Electro- and Magneto-Encephalography, functional near infra-red spectroscopy) and behavioral measures. His projects also aim to shed light on the links between a set of emotional competences (identification, detection, regulation, and utilization) and the development of psychopathologies such as anxiety, depression. In parallel, his interests extended to the study of speech and music, through two specific avenues. The first started during his first post-doc fellowship at School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD, McGill University) under Dr. Marc Pell’s supervision. It concerns the role of prosody (tone of voice) in conveying meaningful information, be it emotion or real intention of speakers, such as in irony, lies, innuendos. The second one followed his work as a research associate with Dr. Simone Dalla Bella, currently Director of BRAMS, and is about the processing of rhythmic information and the ability of lay participants to synchronize to this type of information.
He has now published more than 20 articles (for his publications see his personal website) and is an active member of BRAMS and UQTR, with strong links with other members of BRAMS, in particular Drs. Jorge Armony and Nathalie Gosselin.

François Champoux, PhD

François Champoux, PhD

Posted by: on Aug 29, 2012 | No Comments

François Champoux earned a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Montreal, an MA from the University of Ottawa Health Sciences (Audiology) and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Audiology) at the University of Montreal. He also completed a fellowship in neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute. He is a member of the College of Speech-Quebec (OOAQ), the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA). François Champoux is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal. He directs the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory located in the School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (ÉOA). He is a joint researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), at the site of the Institut Raymond-Dewar (IRD) and the Centre for Research in Neuropsychology and Cognition (CERNEC). In 2012, he was named a scholar in Health Research Fund of Quebec (FRSQ).

Simone Dalla Bella, PhD

Simone Dalla Bella, PhD

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2012 | No Comments

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.