Virginia Penhune, PhD

Full Professor and Chair, Psychology
Concordia University
(514) 848-2424 #7535

My research is focused on understanding the plastic changes in the human brain related to motor learning and expertise. One line of research uses structural and functional MRI to examine the role of motor networks in learning and memory for fine motor skills. We are particularly interested in identifying brain regions involved in learning different movement parameters, in auditory-motor integration and timing, and in the contribution of individual differences in brain structure the ability to learn new skills. The second line of work comprises studies of musical rhythm processing and studies in individuals with musical training. Very importantly, this line of research includes investigation into the interaction of development and experience through studying the impact of musical training at different ages.