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!