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June 2nd, 2023

BRAMS-CRBLM Lecture Series – Conference by Dr. Ralf Krampe, University of Leuven, Belgium


Wednesday, June 14th, 2023, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a cocktail. Come and meet him in person!

  • Université de Montréal, Pavilion Marie-Victorin, Room D-427 : Please register via the Doodle link.
  • The lecture will also be available via Zoom. No registration is requiredMeeting ID: 810 9501 1622   Passcode: 844866.
  • The lecture will not be streaming live on Facebook.
  • Please note that the conference will not be recorded.  

Musical Expertise: Lifespan Development and Multitasking

Abstract: Coping with demographic changes mandates that we develop and maintain specific skills in aging adults as long as possible. However, cognitive aging and neuroscience perspectives on this goal seem grim. In this talk I address conceptual approaches and empirical data related to neurocognitive aging and expertise including an fMRI study with young and older professional musicians. In a second part, I turn to the lifespan development of explicit movement timing in the context of musical skill. One key question in this context will be whether musically trained individuals have an advantage over normal people when multi-tasking.

Bio: Ralf Krampe is a professor in the Brain and Cognition Group situated within the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. He got his academic training at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany), as a Fulbright student at the University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development (Berlin, Germany), and the Universität Potsdam (Germany). His interests are the lifespan development of cognitive-motor functions, multitasking, and the development of expertise.

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