May 16th 2018

Emily Alexander will be getting her B.Sc. Honours in Psychology tomorrow, and next year she will start a PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto.  She was selected as one of Grenfell Campus's success stories!  Watch here.  She was also featured in the Western Star, and in Grenfell Campus News.


May 8th 2018

New paper in Nature Scientific Reports!  Using random performance feedback we were able to make participants tone deaf!

Vuvan, D.T., Zendel, B.R. & Peretz, I. (2018) Random feedback makes listeners tone-deaf. Scientific Reports. 8(7283). 1-15.


May 6th 2018

The awards keep coming in for Emily Alexander!  She was just awarded an NSERC undergraduate summer research award.  Congrats!


April 10th 2018

Emily Alexander and Bethany Power were both awarded scholarships to extend their research programs over the summer.  Emily was awarded an Undergraduate Summer Student Internship (USSIP), and Bethany was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Award (SURA).  Congrats Emily and Bethany!!


April 9th 2018

Laura Howell successfully completed her second PhD comprehensive exam.  Her project was titled, "Dialectical influences on understanding speech-in-noise." Congrats Laura!!


April 6th 2018

Emily Alexander presented the results of her honours thesis at the Nick Novakowski Senior Project Conference.  Her presentation was titled, "Auditory processing differences between formally-trained and self-taught musicians."


February 13th 2018

Our paper on the impact of aging on processing tonal violations was published in Frontiers in Neuroscience!

Lagrois, M.E., Peretz, I. & Zendel, B.R. (2018). Neurophysiological differences between older and younger adults when processing violation of tonal structure in music. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12(54), 1-15.


December 13th 2017

Two new papers were published this week!

The first examines the impact of tDCS on pitch processing:

Royal, I., Zendel, B.R. (joint first author), Desjardins, M.E., Robitaille, N. & Peretz, I. (2018) Modulation of electric brain responses evoked by pitch deviants through transcranial direct current stimulation. Neuropsychologia. 109, 63-74.


The second is the first paper from a randomized control trial examining the impact of music training and video game playing on auditory, visual and cognitive abilities in older adults. This paper explored the impact of playing a 3D video game on hippocampal volume in older adults.

West, G.L., Zendel, B.R (joint first author)., Konishi, K., Benady-Chorney, J., Bohbot, V.D., Peretz, I. & Belleville, S. (2017). Supersized: Playing Super Mario 64 increases hippocampal grey matter in older adults. PLOS-One, 12(12): e0187779.


September 22nd 2017

Ben gave a talk to the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists entitled, "Improving hearing abilities in older adults with music."


June 9th 2017

We're off to The Neurosciences and Music VI - Music, Sound and Health in Boston!  Dr. David Fleming will present a poster entitled, "The impact of music training on speech-in-noise perception in older adults: fMRI results".  His poster was selected as one of the best at the conference and was invited to give a short talk to highlight the results.  Dr. Isabelle Royal will present the results of the data she analyzed at the CAANLab in a poster entitled, "Can amusia be induced in the normal barin? A tDCS study."  Finally, Ben will present a poster entitled, "The impact of music training on speech-in-noise perception in older adults: ERP results". 


May 31st 2017

CBC radio came to the lab to learn about what we're working on.  Have a listen to the story: A Grenfell Campus researcher thinks learning to play music could help keep your hearing keen when you get old, or read the print version here: Music to my ears: MUN researcher explores link between music and hearing


May 17th 2017

Bethany's research was covered in the MUN Gazette. She will also be graduating with a B.Sc. Honours in Psychology tomorrow.  Another congrats for Bethany!


April 23rd 2017

Ben was a speaker at a symposium called, Music is a Mind Builder at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.  He spoke about his work on the impact of music training on hearing abilities in older adults.  Read a recap of the event here


April 5th 2017
Bethany Power was awarded an Undergraduate Summer Student Intership Program Award, and will be continuing her research over the summer as she prepares to start medical school in the fall. Congrats Bethany!


November 4th 2016
McLeans recently published an article about Ben's research. Click below to read it.

How a career in hearing loss can break Canada's sound barrier


October 22nd 2016

Ben and Emily travelled to Montreal to present at the CAG2016 meeting.  Ben presented a poster, "Music lessons improve cognitive abilities in older adults" and Emily presented a poster, "Perception of Death: Mode-of-death and Age-of-death"


August 11th 2016

New paper out in Neurobiology of Aging about comparing the efficacy of different forms of attentional training in older adults.

Zendel, B.R., de Boysson, C., Mellah, S., DĂ©monet, J.F. & Belleville, S. (in press). The impact of attentional training on event-related potentials in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging. 47, 10-22.


June 14th 2016

Off to Halifax for Our Future is Aging: Current Research on Knowledge, Practice and Policy.  Emily Bolt will present her research: "Does age matter? Perceptions of mode of death"


May 23rd 2016

New paper out in PLOS-One about processing pitch in musical and non-musical context.

Royal, I., Vuvan, D., Zendel, B.R., Robitaille, N., Schönwiesner, M. & Peretz, I. (2016).  Activation in the right inferior parietal lobule reflects the representation of musical structure beyond simple pitch discrimination. PLOS-One 11(5): e0155291. 


May 15th 2016

Our BioSemi EEG system has arrived!


April 1st 2016

Ben presented a poster, entitled, "The impact of musicianship on induced oscillatory activity during a speech-in-noise task" at the Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in New York City. Thanks to Olivier and Merwin for the data analysis.