Music Neuroscience Symposium 2020 – How Music Sculpts the Brain
Free Public Lecture
Hanson Dyer Hall – Level 3
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre
43 Sturt Street, Southbank
The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences are delighted to welcome as our recently appointed Professorial Fellow in the MSPS, Dr Isabelle Peretz, from the University of Montreal.
Dr Peretz’s keynote will describe the main findings of more than thirty years of neurobiological research on music and education and translate these into actionable recommendations that can be directly applied in the music room. She will explain how the process of learning music impacts our brain, how music fosters curiosity, attention and enhance memory, whether children need a ‘musical ear’ to develop their musical ability and progress in music, and whether there are an age limits for learning music.
At a time when music education is under siege in schools, Dr Peretz and other presenters at this symposium will show how music can boost literacy, fine motor skills, memory, plus also social behaviour, altruism and… happiness!
Dr Isabelle Peretz, Professor of Psychology
Dr Isabelle Peretz
Professor of Psychology
University of Montreal
Dr. Peretz is a professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal and the holder of a Canada Research Chair and a Casavant Research chair in neurocognition of music. Her research focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. She has published over 270 scientific papers on a variety of topics in neurocognition of music, from perception, memory, and emotions to singing and dancing (for her publications see www.peretzlab.ca). Dr. Peretz’s research has received continued support from the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research since 1986. In 2005, she cofounded the International Laboratory for Brain Music and Sound Research (BRAMS), which she directed until June 2018. BRAMS is a unique multiuniversity consortium that is jointly affiliated to Université de Montréal and McGill University (www.brams.org), with stateofthe art facilities dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music. Dr. Peretz has been awarded the Justine & Yves Sergent award, the ACFAS Jacques Rousseau award, the Adrien Pinard award, Neuronal Plasticity prize 2011 IPSEN Foundation and the prize of Excellence of FRQNT 2015. Dr. Peretz is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association.