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Have you ever recalled a past event and certain aspects of that event stand out in your memory? Maybe it’s the smell of grandma’s apple pie, or how you felt dancing the first time you heard your favourite song on Spotify. If you asked different people to recall past events, you might see wide individual differences in what they recall. The kinds of details people remember from events are likely linked to their individual experiences. With support from The Grammy Museum Grant Program, Professor Caroline Palmer, Professor Signy Sheldon, and I want to understand how musical experience shapes the way we remember past events.

Investigating auditory and motor contributions to coordination with help from the Quebec Bio-Imaging Network

You probably understand how it feels when you’re trying to coordinate with other people that just can’t adapt to you. Maybe it’s performing in a musical ensemble with less experienced musicians, or even talking with someone who is always interrupting you. In either case, you have to be the one to adapt your actions to coordinate with others. How are we able to so flexibly change our behaviour to achieve coordination in these kinds of tasks? With support from the Quebec Bio-Imaging Network, I am investigating contributions of auditory perception and motor production to coordination flexibility, and how this flexibility is represented in the brain.

By Pablo Helguera