Re: Psychology seminar presentation ideas with music (Al Bregman )

Subject: Re: Psychology seminar presentation ideas with music
From:    Al Bregman  <al.bregman@xxxxxxxx>
Date:    Sun, 17 Aug 2008 19:42:01 -0400

Dear Dan, You might want to consider McGill University in Montreal for your graduate studies. You can look at the Psychology dept website at You might be interested in the work of the following people whose web pages can be found through the Psych Dept''s website. -- Robert Zatorre, an associate member who studies neurological processes involved in music, mainly using brain imaging techniques. Robert's main home is the Montreal Neurological Institute, one of the world's foremost centers for brain research. His website is at Robert is also associated with BRAMS, an international inter-university center (International Laboratory for Brain Music and Sound Research), which is administered by Isabelle Peretz at l'Université de Montréal. -- Daniel Levitin, author of "This is your brain on music" and "The world in Six songs". Dan is closely associated with a McGill organization called The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Music and Music Technology (CIRMMT), which is located in the Faculty of Music, but includes psychologists as well as people in computer music, sound recording technology, computer science, education,engineering and neurology. See -- Caroline Palmer, who studies how people remember long sequences typical of speech and music, and how they produce those sequences. Her lab website is at (see especially the following web page which outlines her research: ) Stephen McAdams: Professor of Music, Director of CIRMMT, and an associate member of the Psychology Dept., who studies psychoacoustics, music perception and cognition, sound quality, multidimensional data analysis, and functional data analysis. I'm retired but am still around and doing some advising of graduate students. The Psychology Dept has close links with bot CIRMMT and Brams, and members from these Centers can be on a psychology student''s thesis committee or even be his/her thesis adviser. McGill University is located in the heart of Montreal, an exciting city with a vibrant music scene, an interesting nightlife and excellent restaurants. The graduate students in psychology have their own social organization (GASP), and the department treats graduate students as colleagues both in research and in undergraduate instruction. You can get more information about the graduate program from the Graduate Secretary; giovanna locascio@xxxxxxxx Regarding your seminar presentation, you might want to base it on one of the books by Dan Levitin that I mentioned above. Good luck in your studies of the musical mind and brain. Al Bregman ------------------------------------------------------------------- Albert S. Bregman, Emeritus Professor Psychology Department, McGill University 1205 Docteur Penfield Avenue Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 1B1. Office: Phone: (514) 398-6103 Fax: (514) 398-4896 ------------------------------------------------------------------- 2008/8/17 Daniel Ladwig <clarinetbuddy8@xxxxxxxx>: > > > HI, my name is Dan Ladwig and I am a jr. at CSU Chico State working on my BA > in psychology. I am planning to go to a grad school that has good cognitive > neuropsychology program. I think UC Davis and Stanford have very good ones. > If anyone knows any good grad schools that have good programs in that type > of field please let me know. > > > > Anyway, I have my psychology seminar presentation coming up in a few > semesters and I'm still thinking what I should do. I really want to > something with music and how it interacts with the brain and see how I can > do some kind of study with people (college students.) > > These are my interests now and for the future: > > How is music perceived by the brain and which cells and circuits come into > play? How does music influence a child's developing brain? Are musicians' > brains wired differently from those of other people? Any kind of music, > whether it's being played or just listened to, is able to shape the > structure and function of the brain. > > If anyone has any good research projects I can do for my senior seminar > please let me know! Any help would be great! > > Thank you, > > > > Dan Ladwig > --

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