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Why we buy music

Thu, 2013-04-11 15:07
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.

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Contact: Anita Kar

Graduate Career Month 2013 - Dive into Careers Outside Academia

Thu, 2013-05-02 (All day) - Thu, 2013-05-30 (All day)
Brown Student Services : Room 5001, 3600 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 0G3

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.   

We will introduce you to the illusive world of policy leaders and analysts, project management, communication, pharma careers, management consulting, international development and CEGEP teaching through a series of panels, presentations and speed mentoring events.

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

Thu, 2013-04-18 20:00
Rutherford Physics Building : 3600 rue University Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 2T8

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

The public lecture will be given by Yashar Hezaveh ("Looking through the Lasgest Telescopes of the Universe"). Following the press coverage of the first results from the telescope ALMA last month, Yashar will talk about his involvement with ALMA and the observation of the early universe.

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April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Thu, 2013-04-04 11:36

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological condition related to the death of specific brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical needed for brain cells to control muscular movement. In Parkinson’s disease, dopamine-producing cells stop functioning for reasons still unknown.


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

Wed, 2013-04-03 15:19

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  

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Contact: Lisa Coady
Organization: Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music

Generating expectations and meanings in language comprehension and production

Fri, 2013-04-12 15:30 - 16:30
Education Building : Room 433, 3700 rue McTavish Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1Y2


We often have expectations about utterances before they are uttered. How we do this, in language production and comprehension alike, has implications for practical concerns and for theoretical questions about language architecture. The ability to generate reliable expectations may be a key enabler of robust language understanding in noisy environments. Understanding the (non-)parallels between the generative mechanisms engaged in comprehension and production is essential for any attempt to close the gap between grammatical 'knowledge' and language use systems.

Major advance in understanding risky but effective Multiple Sclerosis treatment

Tue, 2013-03-26 09:53

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 th

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Contact: Anita Kar
Organization: The Neuro

Help prevent the transmission of HPV!

Mon, 2013-03-25 07:24

The McGill Division of Cancer Epidemiology has recently launched the CATCH study to test the effectiveness of a Carrageenan-based gel in preventing the tranmission of HPV. Carrageenan is derived from red algae, and commonly used as a thickening agent in food products. It could represent an inexpensive method of prevention against the virus, whereas the vaccine and screening procedures are considerably more expensive.

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Contact: Allita Rodrigues
Organization: CATCH study recruitement coordinator
Office Phone: 514-398-8191

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

Thu, 2013-04-04 17:30 - 19:00
Strathcona Music Building : Room C-201, 555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest Montreal Quebec Canada , H3A 1E3

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

with an introduction by Jonathan Sterne, McGill University


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Researchers identify a promising target for Multiple Sclerosis treatments

Tue, 2013-03-19 12:19

A team of basic and clinical scientists led by the University of Montreal Hospital* Research Centre’s (CRCHUM) Dr. Nathalie Arbour has opened the door to significantly improved treatments for the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).