Research from McGill University reveals that the brain’s motor network helps people remember and recognize music that they have performed in the past better than music they have only heard. A recent study by Prof. Caroline Palmer of the Department of Psychology sheds new light on how humans perceive and produce sounds, and may pave the way for investigations into whether motor learning could improve or protect memory or cognitive impairment in aging populations. The research is published in the journal Cerebral Cortex.
After several weeks of operation, The Nest, SSMU’s brand-new Student-Run Café, is hosting its Grand Opening on Tuesday, February 18 at 6pm in the SSMU Cafeteria.
The evening will feature: interactive presentations, tours of our space, live music, kiosks with green groups, and of course food made fresh at The Nest!
A sampling of their menu and of their hors d'oeuvres will be available.
We’re hosting an Open House or Meet and Greet for Digital Humanities Researchers and prospective Research Assistants from 3-430. McGill Faculty, Staff, and Students are welcome!
Dr. Robert J.
Do you enjoy music and arts?
Do you create art and would you like to display it?
Do you do poetry/music or any other performance-based arts and enjoy sharing them?
If so, you should definitely join us!
Food and wine will be served.
To confirm your attendance and/or to reserve a spot for your musical/performing talents and/or to reserve a space to display your art, please visit egss.mcgill.c and fill out the form for the event, or contact Zahra at zahra [dot] jalili [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
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.
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
Montreal researchers find that music lessons before age seven create stronger connections in the brain
If you started piano lessons in grade one, or played the recorder in kindergarten, thank your parents and teachers. Those lessons you dreaded – or loved – helped develop your brain.
Musicians: Born or made? Scientific workshop on Music and Talent. Followed by a free concert-conference at the Salle Claude Champagne (Université de Montréal)
The role of natural endowment and hard work in musical performance is one of the oldest and most contentious issue in both science and society. Up to the 20th century, innate talent was associated to musicianship. Over the last century, the prevalent view has been that intensive practice is key. The goal of this workshop is to examine whether music practice can account for individual differences in musical abilities or if we should also acknowledge the importance of innate predispositions.