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Speech and hearing Neuroscience Laboratory

At the Speech and hearing Neurosciences Laboratory, directed by Pascale Tremblay, Ph.D., we study the cognitive neuroscience of human communication using an interdisciplinary approach. We are interested in understanding the  mechanisms that support the ability to communicate verbally, that is, to perceive and produce speech and voice (an important carrier of human emotions), which are important building blocks of social interactions. We are also interested in identifying the factors that affect communication in aging, including cognitive aging and sensorimotor aging, and their impact on social interactions and functionning.

To achieve these goals, we study the anatomy and functioning of the brain using state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience research methods such as functional and anatomical brain imaging methods (using magnetic resonance imaging) as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation. We also use modern behavioural and physiological approaches, such as facial electromyography (recordings of muscle activity), measures of facial muscle force and endurance, respiration patterns, speech errors and acoustics, to study speech and voice mechanisms and to understand how these mechanisms evolve over the lifespan. We are also interested in understanding the interplay between cognitive, auditory and sensorimotor mechanisms and their effect on communication and social interactions.

Interested in joining us for a master or a doctoral degree, or a postdoc? Contact Dre Pascale Tremblay for more info!

International Events

  • 8th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language

    Quand?   17 - 20 aout 2016 Où?  UCL Institute of Education in the Bloomsbury District, Londre, Angleterre

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  • Seventh Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language

    When?   15 - 17 octobre 2015 Where?  Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, USA

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Local Events

  • First Public Lecture of the Consortium d'imagerie en neurosciences et santé mentale de Québec (CINQ)

    When?   May 3rd 2016 Where?   Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, Québec  The human brain fascinates you ?You wonder how researchers can study the formidable machine that is the human...

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  • 5th Annual Scientific Day of the Consortium d'imagerie en neurosciences et santé mentale de Québec (CINQ)

    When?   June 10th 2016 Where?   Domaine Cataraqui, Québec, , Quebec City , Quebec, G1R 4H3      Don't miss THE neuroimaging event in Québec City! Join us for a day of science around the theme of...

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Miscellaneous

  • The lab in the News!

    The dostoral work of  Catherine Lortie on the aging of human voice was featured this week in the newspaper " Le Fil des Événements " of Université Laval. Bravo Catherine! To read the article by...

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  • We are recruiting participants!

    We are always looking for people interested in participanting in our projects! Participating involves various measures and tests of language, hearing and cognition. As part of certain ressearch...

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