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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. Our objective is to understand the biological and neurobiological mechanisms that support the ability to communicate verbally, that is, to perceive and produce speech and voice, which are important building blocks of social interactions, and to use these skills to communicate efficiently is social contexts. The laboratory also aims to identify the factors that affect communication in aging, including cognitive and sensorimotor aging, and their impact on the quality of social interactions and social functioning. We are also interested in understanding the interplay between cognitive, auditory and sensorimotor mechanisms and their effect on communication and social interactions. Finally, we are also trying to understand the factors that can positively affect communication in both normal and pathological aging, such as singing and voice training. Discovering the beneficial impacts of singing on speech, voice and cognition, and understanding the neuroplastic changes that underlie these protective effects is key to developing and promoting ways to alleviate the negative impacts of aging on communication, social interactions and social participation.

To achieve our 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 or MRI) as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). 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.

Interested in joining us for a research internship, a master or a doctoral degree, or a postdoctoral fellowship?

Contact Dre Pascale Tremblay for more information!

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

  • Sixth annual research day of the CINQ

    When?   June 9 2017 Where?  Domaine Cataraqui à Québec   Each year, we organize an annual research day. This year, for our 6th annual research day, we have organised a unique event, which will take...

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  • CINQ/RBIQ Summer school on brain connectivity

    When?   15-16 mai 2017 Where?   Domaine Cataraqui, Québec, , Quebec City , Quebec, G1R 4H3    Don't miss this unique event! The CINQ and the QBIN are happy to announce their Brain Connectivity Summer...

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  • 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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Our lab in the news

  • Interview at Radio-Canada

    August 1st 2017. Pascale Tremblay participate to the radio program:  "Les Éclaireurs" at Radio Canada to discuss current work on aging, singing and brain plasticity ...

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  • Singing and cerebral aging

    July 27 2017. Pascale Tremblay is interviewed at Radio-Canada Totonto to talk about her project on the positive impacts of singing on brain aging and human communication. ...

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  • On the protective effect of singing in aging

    July 25 2017. Our project on the positive effects of choir singing on brain aging and communication is featured in the news at Radio-canada! ...

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  • Our article in the Magazine Contact

    Winter 2017. Our recent article on the importance to use a precise terminology and comprehensive models to study the neurobiology of language was mentionned in Université Laval's Magazine Contact ...

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  • Broca and Wernicke are dead: time to rewrite the history of the neurobiology of language

    Novembre 1st 2016. Our recent article on the importance to use a precise terminology and comprehensive models to study the neurobiology of language caught the interest of Christian Jarrett in the...

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  • Brain regions of the past

    September 29th 2016. Our recent article on the importance to use a precise terminology and comprehensive models to study the neurobiology of language caught the interest of Jean Hamann in "Le Fil...

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  • Human voice aging

    March 16th 2016. Our work on the aging of human voice was featured this week in the newspaper " Le Fil des Événements " of Université Laval. To read the article by Rachel Hussherr, cliche here To...

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