Institutions: McGill University, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Research interests: Auditory spatial processing, including spatial localization and attention; Perception and memory for pitch and melodic patterns; Absolute pitch; Imagery for music; Emotion and music; Speech processing; Language organization in multilinguals; Sign-language processing in the deaf
Robert 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.