May 24, 2019
Title: Neurobiological constraints on speech learning in adulthood
My program of research uses a systems neuroscience approach to study the computations, maturational constraints, and plasticity underlying speech perception. Speech signals are multidimensional, acoustically variable, and temporally ephemeral. A significant computational challenge in speech perception (and more broadly, audition) is categorization, that is, mapping continuous, multidimensional, and variable acoustic signals into discrete, behavioral equivalence classes. Read More
June 11, 2019
Title: Resting-State Connectivity and Bilingual Language Experience
My research has consistently focused on how variability in brain functioning relates to individual differences in complex abilities, with a focus on network-level functioning. Recently, my work has shifted from investigating task-based patterns of activation to task-free measures of connectivity. In this talk, I will discuss two lines of research linking individual differences in patterns of resting-state connectivity to bilingual language experience. Read More
June 11, 2019
Title: Dynamic Causal Modeling Analysis of Flexible Behaviors in Monolinguals and Bilinguals
The fact that bilingualism places unique demands on cognitive control networks, particularly those that enable flexible behavior, is relatively uncontroversial. In the current talk, I will summarize research using Dynamic Causal Modeling to investigate whether these demands have broader implications for shaping bilingual brain functioning. Read More
Conditional Signal Routing in Bilingualism: Using Network-level Computational Models to Explore Bilingual Brains
June 10, 2019
Our combined program of research has leveraged network-level analyses to study complex cognitive abilities broadly, and bilingualism more specifically. In this workshop, we will move from theory to analysis techniques, describing how we have explored the relationship between basal ganglia signal routing and the implications of bilingual language use on mind and brain. Read More
June 05, 2019
Improvisational comedy, while seemingly a medium for entertainment, has elements that can improve the practice of science. In improv, you learn to be spontaneous, to embrace failure, to effectively tell stories, to be a better listener and to learn how to read and respond to any audience. Because science is collaborative, the same elements that make a good improv scene can translate into better science communication. In this workshop series, we will introduce the fundamentals of improv through a series of guided group and partner exercises and directly link each fundamental element of improv to its application in the practice and communication of science. Read More
May 15, 2019
Title: Stimulating speech: Auditory-motor interactions in production and perception
In my lab, we use non-invasive brain stimulation to explore auditory-motor interactions during speech perception and speech production. I will describe how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) works and provide a number of examples of how we have used this method in combination with behaviour and other measures of brain function. Read More
May 21, 2019
Title: The timing of the cognitive processes underlying bilingualism and the perception of foreign accents: Evidence from mouse tracking
The mouse-tracking paradigm allows researchers to better understand how cognitive processes unfold over time by recording participants’ responses using a computer mouse. In this talk, I will present a diverse set of cognitive experiments in which I used the mouse-tracking paradigm for data collection. Read More
May 22, 2019
May 13, 2019
Scientific Day is an annual event that showcases the research interests of the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM). The 2019 Scientific Day will be held in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre of the Montreal Neurological Institute. The day will include a keynote address by Kate Watkins (University of Oxford), poster presentations, lunch, and a musical performance. Read More
April 05, 2019
TITLE: Face and words recognition: Flip sides of the same coin?
ABSTRACT: Understanding the process by which the cerebral hemispheres reach their mature functional organization remains challenging. We propose a theoretical account in which, in the domain of vision, faces and words come to be represented adjacent to retinotopic cortex by virtue of the need to discriminate among homogeneous exemplars. Read More
Creating an inclusive science ecosystem: A panel discussion on equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia
April 03, 2019
What is the current state of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) in academia and the world of science? Why is EDI such an important factor in optimizing the academic ecosystem? What can faculty, staff, and students do to help get us to a fully inclusive academic world? Read More
February 28, 2019
November 29, 2018
Title: 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.” Read More
November 28, 2018
At this CRBLM research blitz, three speakers will each present for 10 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of discussion.
November 14, 2018
Technological advancements allow us to generate an ever-growing amount of data. This modernization represents both an opportunity to increase one’s research and a challenge of technological transition. Read More
October 31, 2018
Meta-analysis is a powerful yet underused tool in experimental cognitive science. It allows researchers to leverage entire bodies of literature to get a broad and at the same time quantitative overview of a particular phenomenon, thereby promoting theory development and supporting study planning.
October 24, 2018
Title: Development and applications of portable functional brain imaging system using near-infrared spectroscopy
Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is an effective and non-invasive functional brain imaging method. Neuronal activities of the brain are strongly coupled with the hemodynamics in the local cerebral cortex and the hemodynamics can be extracted by using the fact that the absorption spectra of oxy hemoglobin (HbO) and deoxy hemoglobin (HbR) differs in the near-infrared region of the spectrum. Read More
October 23, 2018
A number of CRBLM researchers will be presenting alongside representatives from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, India, at an informal symposium bringing together investigators, students, and postdocs focused around the topic of auditory learning and plasticity and its application to disorders. Attendance at the symposium is open and free to all members of the community, registration is required. More information here.
When: October 23, 2018
Where: MNI, De Grandpré Communications Centre
October 19, 2018
Title: Open access scholarship: increasing and demonstrating impact
Are you interested increasing the potential reach and impact of your scholarship? Have you heard about Open Access, but don’t have the time, funds or energy to pursue it?
September 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018
When: Every second Thursday from 13:00 to 14:00. First meeting September 20.
Where: Brams conference room, room A-103, Pavillon Marie-Victorin, Université de Montréal (90 Avenue Vincent-D’Indy, Outremont, H2V 2J7)
Are the effects of music on emotions, or music-induced emotions, part of your research interests and activities? Are you interested in learning how music brings us pleasure and why it is so rewarding? Have you always wanted to know more about the differences between felt and perceived musical emotions, musicians and non-musicians, instrumental and vocal sounds?
August 21, 2018
Title: The Cognitive and Neurological Effects of Bilingualism on Healthy Ageing and Dementia: Study Design (August 21st, 10:30 am)
Recent evidence has shown that bilingualism is a factor that has an impact on one’s cognitive abilities and brain structure in older age: cognitive abilities are better preserved (Bialystok et al., 2012), brain structures maintain their integrity for longer (Luk et al., 2011), and it has been suggested that bilingual individuals experience clinical onset of dementia later in life than comparable monolinguals (Alladi et al., 2013). Bilingual patients also maintain better cognitive function at higher levels of brain atrophy than monolinguals, suggesting bilingualism is related to higher cognitive reserve (Schweizer et al., 2012). However, to date, there is no longitudinal evidence linking bilingualism to the progression of dementia.
August 21, 2018
Title: Bilingualism is a Spectrum: Effects of specific language experiences on brain function and executive control (August 21st, 11 am)
The effects of bilingualism on executive control (EC) are debated, given the variable results found across studies. However, relatively few studies have specifically examined effects of individual differences in language use on executive control processes or their neural correlates. We assess the hypothesis that specific language use factors, both absolute and experience-based (EBFs), within the bilingual experience will alter neural activity in regions implicated in language/executive control processes.
July 05, 2018
Introductory workshop on MRI data analysis using Independent Component Analysis (ICA) – Thomas Gisiger
June 18, 2018
The most common method of analysis of fMRI data consists in comparing the BOLD signal in the brain with time series representing the various conditions of the experiment (e.g. task vs rest). Read More
June 05, 2018
It’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking about your career. Whether you already have clear career goals or you are interested in exploring how your hard-earned research skills could be applied in various types of professions, we want to help you succeed on your career path. The CRBLM career day is specifically tailored for graduate students who research brain, language, and music. Read More