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Speech and hearing Neuroscience Laboratory

photo equipe2019At the Speech and hearing Neurosciences Laboratory, led 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 aging, presbycusis and brain aging, and their impact on social interactions and communication-mediated activities. Finally, we aim 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 mechanisms 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, diffusion and anatomical magnetic resonance imaging as well as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG). 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 articulation 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 to discuss possibilities.

What's new on the blog

  • New intern at the lab: Juan Camilo
    New intern at the lab: Juan Camilo

    This summer we are hosting a Mitacs research intern in the lab: Juan Camilo! Juan is a medical student in Medellin, Colombia and he is joining us for the next three months as part of MITACS’s Globalink internship program.

    Written on Thursday, 05 May 2022 18:21
  • Latest news
    Latest news

    Last week, several members of the lab received positive news, which we would like to share with you.

    Written on Friday, 29 April 2022 20:11
  • Launch of the lab video
    Launch of the lab video

    Roll out the red carpet, it's time for the launch of our lab's Introductory video!

    Written on Wednesday, 23 March 2022 19:03