The Auditory Processing Laboratory at the Montreal Neurological Institute is concerned with basic research to achieve a better understanding of the cerebral basis for complex auditory processes. Several different lines of research are underway aimed at exploring how the human brain allows us to perceive, understand, remember and imagine sounds. In particular, our lab is most concerned with the two most complex and characteristically human uses of sound: speech and music.
This work covers a wide range of methodologies, including psychophysical and cognitive tests in healthy listeners, behavioral measures in focally brain-damaged individuals, functional brain imaging (positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging), and structural brain imaging and morphometry.
Current research is aimed at several different problems concerning the neural bases for:
|Auditory spatial processing, including spatial localization and attention|
|Perception and memory for pitch and melodic patterns|
|Imagery for music|
|Emotion and music|
|Language organization in multilinguals|
|Sign-language processing in the deaf|
|Morphometry of auditory structures in the human brain|
|Morphometry of the corpus callosum|
|Anatomical measures and their relation to language lateralization|