Virginia Penhune, PhD

My research is focused on understanding the plastic changes in the human brain related to motor learning and expertise. One line of research uses structural and functional MRI to examine the role of motor networks in learning and memory for fine motor skills. We are particularly interested in identifying brain regions involved in learning different movement parameters, in auditory-motor integration and timing, and in the contribution of individual differences in brain structure to the ability to learn new skills. The second line of work comprises studies of musical rhythm processing and musical groove – the pleasurable desire to move to music. Finally, we also examine brain structural changes in individuals with music and dance training. This line of research also explores possible sensitive period effects by examining the effect of the age of start of musical training on behaviour and brain structure.


icon Affiliation: Professor, Department of Psychology

icon University: Concordia University

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