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April 28th, 2015

BRAMS: The Next Ten Years

Tenth anniversary symposium of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research

October 21- 23, 2015

Book with abstracts – Program & Schedule

Yes, ten years already… and ten more coming up!

You are cordially invited to join BRAMS co-directors Isabelle Peretz and Robert Zatorre, and their colleagues and students, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of the lab.

Over the last decade BRAMS has grown and prospered to become one of the well-recognized groups worldwide for research on music, speech, and human auditory cognitive neuroscience. In this anniversary symposium we have invited several prominent scientists to help us think about where the next ten years of research should be taking us. To that end we will cover novel topics including genetics, education, aging, and social neuroscience.

The anniversary event will also feature a session organized by the Erasmus Mundus program in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, featuring faculty and student presentations from this network representing ten European countries, Canada, and the USA.

Please register

Schedule and program:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Location: BRAMS Laboratory,

1430 boul. Mont Royal | Suite 0-120 | Université de Montréal | Outremont, QC, H2V 4P3

17:00 – 19:00     BRAMS tour and reception

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Location:          Université de Montréal, Amphithéâtre Ernest-Cormier (room K-500)

    Pavillon Roger-Gaudry, 2900, boul. Édouard-Montpetit

09:00 – 09:45     Registration

09:45 – 10:00     Welcome Address

Maryse Lassonde, Directrice scientifique et membre du conseil d’administration du Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)

Laurent Lewis, Vice-doyen, Faculté des Arts et des Sciences, UdeM

10:00 – 11:00     Barbara Canlon, Karolinska Institute / Introduction by Philippe Fournier

The auditory system through the ages

11:15 – 12:00     Speed data presentation by BRAMS members I

Presenters: Isabelle Peretz, Karim Jerbi, Caroline Palmer, Marc Schoenwiesner

Sandra Trehub, Pierre Jolicoeur, Virginia Penhune, Krista Hyde

Gong chair: Christine Beckett

12:00 – 14:00     Posters & Lunch

14:00 – 15:00     Frederik Ullén, Karolinska Institute  / Introduction by Isabelle Royal

Musical expertise – from neuroimaging to behavior genetics

15:15 – 16:00     Speed data presentation by BRAMS members II

Presenters: Robert Zatorre, Alexandre Lehman, Marcelo Wanderley,

François Champoux, Sylvie Hébert, Jorge Armony, Denise Klein

Gong chair: Christine Beckett

16:00 – 16:30     Break

16:30 – 17:30     Public keynote – Antonio Damasio, University of Southern California

Notes on Feeling, Music and the Human Brain

Friday, October 23, 2015

Location:          McGill University, Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

    Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)

09:30 – 10:30     Uri Hasson, Princeton University  / Introduction by Anna Zamm

Coupled neural systems in conversation

10:30 – 10:45     Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45     Nina Kraus, Northwestern University / Introduction by Emily Coffey

Unraveling the biology of auditory learning: What have we learned from music?

11:45 – 12:00     Coffee break

12:00 – 13:00     Round table: “The Next Ten Years”

Chair: Virginia Penhune

Panel: Barbara Canlon, Antonio Damasio, Andrea Halpern, Uri Hasson,

Nina Kraus, Isabelle Peretz, Frederik Ullen, Robert Zatorre

      Closing Comments

13:00 – 14:00     Lunch

      Erasmus Mundus session

14:10 – 14:30     Rudolf Rübsamen, Leipzig University, Germany

Inhibition increases sub-millisecond encoding precision of second order neurons in the auditory brainstem

14:30 – 14:50     Manolo Malmierica, University of Salamanca, Spain

Stimulus-specific adaptation in the auditory brain: Functional mechanisms

14:50 – 15:10     Josef Rauschecker, Georgetown University, U.S.A.

Harmonic and sequence processing in nonhuman primates: Precursors of music

15:15 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 15:50     Larry Roberts, McMaster University, Canada

What we are learning about plasticity, attention, and neural coding in tinnitus

15:50 – 16:10     Mari Tervaniemi, University of Helsinki, Finland

Music and the brain – life span approach

16:10 – 16:30     Barbara Tillman, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, France

Auditory rhythmic stimulation influences language processing

18:00 – 01:00     Party/Reception – Espace Marie-Chouinard, 4499 av. De L’Esplanade

DJ “Professor Groove” – 21:00 @23:30


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