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Dr. Valorie Salimpoor

New study shows what happens in the brain to make music rewarding

A new study reveals what happens in our brain when we decide to purchase a piece of music when we hear it for the first time. The study, conducted at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, McGill University and published in the journal Science on April 12, pinpoints the specific brain activity that makes new music rewarding and predicts the decision to purchase music.

Published: 11Apr2013

Graduate Career Month 2013 - Dive into Careers Outside Academia

Brown Student Services Room 5001, 3600 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G3, CA

Grad Career Month 2013 intends to shine a spotlight on a range of career paths that graduate students excel in but may overlook when conducting a job search post graduation.   

Public Astro Night: "Looking through the Lasgest Telescopes of the Universe"

Rutherford Physics Building 3600 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2T8, CA

AstroMcGill will be holding the 13th Public Astro Night on April 18th, at 8pm.

SPECIAL SEMINAR: "The Role of Astrocytes in Neurodegeneration"

Montreal Neurological Institute de Grandpre Communications Centre, 3801 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2B4, CA

A Special Seminar entitled "The Role of Astrocytes in Neurodegeneration" is being given by Serge Przedborski, MD, PhD of Columbia University. Dr.

Join us at our inaugural symposium on Music and Language, with a focus this year on Development

Registration is now open for the CRBLM Inaugural Symposium on Music and Language, to be held in Montréal, Canada on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday May 4th 2013. A brief conference program is included below.  Full details about the conference and registration information are available at www.crblm.ca/symposium/registration  

Published: 3Apr2013

Generating expectations and meanings in language comprehension and production

Education Building Room 433, 3700 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA


We often have expectations about utterances before they are uttered.

Major advance in understanding risky but effective Multiple Sclerosis treatment

Powerful treatment improves patients’ lives and provides new insight into mechanisms of the disease

A new study by Multiple Sclerosis researchers at three leading Canadian centres addresses why bone marrow transplantation (BMT) has positive results in patients with particularly aggressive forms of MS.  The transplantation treatment, which is performed as part of a clinical trial and carries potentially serious risks, virtually stops all new relapsing activity as observed upon clinical examination and brain MRI scans.  The study reveals how the immune system changes as a resu

Published: 26Mar2013

Music and Torture in the War on Terror: Musicology, Media and Censorship Effects

Strathcona Music Building Room C-201, 555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3, CA

a free public lecture by Suzanne G. Cusick, New York University

with an introduction by Jonathan Sterne, McGill University