Nathalie Gosselin, Ph.D.

Nathalie Gosselin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of Montreal, Department of Psychology, and a researcher at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) and CRBLM (Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music). She focuses primarily on the effect of music on cognition, mood, health, and stress, both in individuals struggling with neuropsychological disorders or mental health problems and in people without neurological impairment or psychiatric disturbances. Her studies are designed to examine the effects of background music on cognition and are funded by the Québec Research Fund – Society & Culture (FRQSC Establishment of new research Professors). Dr. Gosselin’s plans to explore the effect of music on stress are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC Development Knowledge). Finally, her research on the effect of music on posttraumatic stress in patients who suffered a traumatic brain injury is funded by the Consortium for the development of research in trauma (AERDPQ, AQESSS, FRSQ, MSSS, REPAIR, SAAQ).

Nathalie Gosselin’s work with brain-damaged adults has increased understanding of brain organization in recognizing musical emotions. In particular, it demonstrated the key role of the amygdala in the perception of fear evoked by music. She also studies emotional processing across domains, including music, voices and faces. Her postdoctoral research has also carried on the perception of emotions evoked by music, faces and voices in patients with Alzheimer’s dementia.

Nathalie Gosselin is also a Neuropsychologist. She was a clinician at the Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies, a mental health center affiliated with the University of Montreal, where she did neuropsychological assessments with children and adults with various mental disorders (ex., autism spectrum disorder, mood disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder). In her work, she was called upon to contribute to differential diagnoses and to make recommendations to guide interventions. Currently, she is involved in the Psy.D. program in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Montreal. Her responsibilities include supervising internships in clinical neuropsychology. She also offers services in private neuropsychological assessment. For more information, visit the following website:

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