Participate in a study on RYTHM

Posted by: on 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.



BRAMS Students Blitz

Posted by: on Nov 30, 2018 | No Comments

You are cordially invited to the BRAMS Students Blitz Event !

BRAMS has now reopened and started its research and teaching activities in a new location. However, we have not had the opportunity to formally welcome all new BRAMS students this year (and last year as BRAMS temporary closed in the last year).

To fix this situation, we invite you to a 4 @ 7 on Friday, November 30 at 4PM in room A-135 at Pavilion Marie-Victorin of the UdeM. For the occasion, new students will present short introductory presentations (3 to 10 minutes alone or in team). This will be an ideal opportunity to meet new students, meet former students and learn about recent or upcoming BRAMS research.

If you are a new student at BRAMS and you didn’t receive an e-mail from Megha Sharda or Eva Nadon to explain to you how to prepare yourself for your presentation, please contact either one of us : or .

It is possible that new residents will not be on the distribution list.  If this is the case, please inform Johanne David to add name(s) (



CRBLM – BRAMS Conference by Dr. Edward W. Large

CRBLM – BRAMS Conference by Dr. Edward W. Large

Posted by: on Nov 29, 2018 | No Comments

How baby gets the groove: Modeling rhythm learning, perceptual narrowing, and enculturation

Ontogeny is a complex, emergent process that arises from interactions between the developing organism and the structures present in the rearing environment. In the field of infant development, one of the most well known consequences of organism-environment interactions is the adaption and re-organization of perception-action systems to structural regularities in the environment, a phenomenon called “perceptual narrowing” or “perceptual fine tuning.”

Conference Dr Nory Jacoby

Conference Dr Nory Jacoby

Posted by: on Nov 1, 2018 | No Comments

Pavillon Marie-Victorin, Room D-451

Title: A Global Survey of Rhythm Representations

Abstract:  Over the past few years, cross-cultural comparative work has made various claims about the universality of aspects of music, aesthetic preferences, and emotion (Fritz 2009, Brown & Jordania 2013, Savage et al. 2015). However, recent work suggests that features that were previously regarded as universal —such as consonance / dissonance, or rhythm perception— may in fact be at least partially determined by culture (McDermott et al. 2016; Jacoby & McDermott 2017).

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Apprendre la musique

Posted by: on 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

Posted by: on 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

Conference by Alexandre Celma Miralles

Conference by Alexandre Celma Miralles

Posted by: on Aug 11, 2017 | No Comments

Beat Perception and Meter Induction in Vision and Spatial Audition

His ongoing thesis is entitled “Neural and Evolutionary Correlates of Rhythm Processing through Beat and Meter.”The neural correlates of timing mechanisms are observed through electroencephalographic recordings and frequency analyses. The main goal is to better understand how our brain processes beat and meter across modalities, and attest the role of attention and the impact of formal music training on rhythmic perception. The evolutionary bases of these timing mechanisms are observed through behavioral studies with rats. We try to disentangle which rhythmic components are human-specific (and maybe related to language) and which are shared with other animals. Future studies will also look at the evolution of the tonal-harmonic structure of music.

Alexandre Celma Miralles is a PhD candidate in Biomedicine in the Center for Brain and Cognition at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). He is currently working on music cognition in the “Language & Comparative Cognition Group” under the supervision of J. M. Toro. After a Music Professional degree on violin (2010) and a BA in Catalan Philology (2012), he pursued a MA in Cognitive Science and Language (2014) and a MSc in Brain and Cognition (2015), which led him into the research of “syntactic” structures in the framework of biolinguistics and biomusicology. He is also an associate member of the “Grammar & Cognition Lab”, directed by W. Hinzen & J. Rosselló at the Universitat de Barcelona.



Posted by: on Jun 15, 2017 | No Comments


Registration is open   MORE INFO HERE


Watch the video invitation from the Organizing Committee and the Mariani Foundation


Conference by Robert van de Vorst

Posted by: on May 12, 2017 | No Comments

How music may induce fluency (and dysfluency) in people who stutter


The question how fluency inducing conditions – such as music (e.g., singing) – may inhibit stuttering has remained largely unresolved. A complicating factor in this theoretical issue is that symptoms of stuttering and dysfluency have also been observed in musicians playing wind instruments, sometimes called “musical stuttering”.