Simone Dalla Bella
Institutions: Université de Montréal, Department of Psychology
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.