Isabelle Peretz, Ph.D.

Dr. Peretz is a professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal and the co-holder of a Casavant Research chair in neurocognition of music. Her research focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. She has published over 470 scientific papers on a variety of topics in neurocognition of music, from perception, memory, and emotions to singing and dancing (for her publications see Peretz Publications, Peretz Google Scholar).

Dr. Peretz’s research has received continued support from the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research since 1986. In 2005, she co-founded BRAMS and in June 2018  she passed the torch of co-directorship to Simone Dalla Bella.

Dr. Peretz has been awarded several prizes: The Justine & Yves Sergent award, the ACFAS Jacques Rousseau award, the Adrien Pinard award, the Neuronal Plasticity prize of the IPSEN Foundation, the prize of Excellence of FRQNT, the Women of distinction YMCA award, the Armand-Frappier Prize and more recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. She is an Associate Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Azrieli program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness and a Professorial Fellow of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Peretz is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, of the American Psychological Association, and now an international member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

icon Affiliation: Professor, Department of Psychology

icon University: University of Montreal

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