Isabelle Peretz

Director

Contact by email
(514) 343-5840

Current Status

Full professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal
Founder and Co-Director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) jointly affiliated to the Université de Montréal and McGill University
Canada Research Chair in Neurocognition of Music
Casavant Chair in Neurocognition of Music
Adjunct professor, McGill University, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery
Member of the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (Executive Committee Member)
Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Brief biography

Dr. Peretz is a professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal and the holder of a Canada Research Chair and a Casavant Research chair in neurocognition of music. Her research focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. She has published over 240 scientific papers on a variety of topics in neurocognition of music, from perception, memory, and emotions to singing and dancing (for her publications see www.peretzlab.ca). Dr. Peretz’s research has received continued support from the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research since 1986. In 2005, Dr. Peretz became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS), a unique multi-university consortium that is jointly affiliated to Université de Montréal and McGill University (www.brams.org), with state-of-the art facilities dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music. She has been awarded several prizes, the Prix Justine & Yves Sergent, Prix ACFAS Jacques Rousseau, Prix Adrien Pinard, Neuronal Plasticity prize 2011 IPSEN Foundation and Prix d’excellence of FRQNT 2015. Dr. Peretz is the founding Editor-in-chief of the open-access Frontiers of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association.