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BRAMS-CRBLM Lecture Series – Conference by Dr. Delphine Dellacherie, Université de Lille

Come and meet her in person! 

Wednesday September 28th, 2022, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by a cocktail. 

  • 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 required. Meeting ID: 819 7766 9474 / Passcode: 924225

Rhythm and cognition in children with developmental pathologies linked to the cerebellum: from deficit to remediation

  • Abstract: The ability to coordinate movements with external rhythmic stimuli, also called sensorimotor synchronization (SMS), requires the coupling between perception and action, and so could play a pivotal role in cognitive development. Cerebellum is a key structure for rhythm and SMS processing, which is impaired in various developmental pathologies. Previous research has suggested that training that incorporates SMS could benefit temporal cognition but also lead to improvements in higher cognitive functioning via a learning transfer. Dance is an activity which is characterized by the synchronization of the entire body to the music and to others. The presentation will focus on the results of our laboratory describing musical and rhythmic abilities in children with developmental pathologies implying the cerebellum and improvement of their skills after two months dance training, possible effect of the stimulation of cerebello-cortical connections and compensation via cortico-basal loops (basal ganglia) through sensorimotor training. Transfer effects on executive functions and social skills will be discussed. These findings pave the way to innovative intervention strategies for children with neurodevelopmental disorders based on rhythm and dance.

Bio: Delphine Dellacherie obtained her PhD in Psychology at the University of Lille (France) under the supervision of Prof. Séverine Samson in 2009. She is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Lille since 2013. She is also a neuropsychologist in the neuropediatric unit of the CHU of Lille at the “Centre National de Référence des Maladies et anomalies congénitales du Cervelet” (CRMR Troubles du cervelet) since 2010. Her research focuses on the cerebellum and child development with a particular interest for music, timing and neurodevelopmental pathologies. Her research is funded by the “Fondation Maladies Rares”.


Sep 28 2022


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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