Auditory-Motor Integration in Singing and Cello Playing - PSYC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Robert Zatorre

Supervisor's Email: robert.zatorre [at]

Supervisor's Phone: 5143988903

Supervisor's Website:

Supervisor's department: Psychology

Course number: PSYC 396 (Psychology)

Term: Winter 2018

Project start date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Project end date: Monday, April 16, 2018

Project title: Auditory-Motor Integration in Singing and Cello Playing

Project description (50-100 words suggested): This research uses an MR-Compatible cello to compare functional brain activation (fMRI, EEG) during singing and cello playing within the same individuals to determine the extent to which arbitrary auditory-motor associations, like those required to play the cello, co-opt functional brain networks that evolved for singing. The student will help collect and analyse behavioural, EEG, and fMRI data. She will be primarily responsible for the behavioural data analysis, but will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with both EEG and fMRI datasets.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% final report, 50% milestones and progress.

Project status: This project is taken.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Human subjects.