/R E P E A T -- Media tour and conference: Behind the scenes, behind the songs, behind the mind/

    Come tour BRAMS cutting-edge laboratory for background on international
    conference, Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and Plasticity, hosted
    from June 25 to 28

    MONTREAL, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Can stroke victims regain lost motor
skills by playing the piano? How does music affect newborns? Come question the
experts on these and other subjects at a media tour of the Brain, Music and
Sound (BRAMS) research centre:

       - When: 11 am to noon, Wednesday, June 25; light lunch included.
       - Who: Doctors Isabelle Peretz and Robert Zatorre, BRAMS co-directors,
         on their research and Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and
         Plasticity conference.
       - What: Music scientists in cutting edge labs featuring a self-playing
       - Where: BRAMS - Université de Montréal, 1430 du Mont-Royal Blvd.,
       - How: To see the map to BRAMS, please click on the following link

    A world of music experts

    The special BRAMS tour will kick-start an international conference held in
Montreal from June 25 to 28 - The Neurosciences and Music III: Disorders and
Plasticity - organized by Fondazione Mariani, BRAMS and partner institutions:
the Université de Montréal, McGill University and the Montreal Neurological
Institute and Hospital.
    The scientific happening, held at McGill University, will feature
presentations delivered by top European and North American researchers. The
full program can be consulted at
    Highlights include:

       - Gottfried Schlaug, Harvard University, on how singing can help
         survivors of brain-damage regain speech.
       - Sandra Trehub, University of Toronto, on how profoundly deaf
         children with cochlear implants enjoy the rhythms of music.
       - Patrick C.M. Wong, Northwestern University, on how music training
         can shape our perception of sounds and facilitate language learning.

    Which came first: songs or speech?

    A keynote lecture, delivered by Steven Mithen, will examine how humans
evolved musically. His hypothesis? That music preceded human speech. Mithen, a
professor of early prehistory at the University of Reading in England, is the
acclaimed author of the book Singing Neanderthals: The origins of music,
language, mind and body (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).

       - Timeline: Friday, June 27, 11:45 am to 12:45 pm; McGill University,
         Leacock Building (855 Sherbrooke St. W), Montreal. Lunch will follow

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins,
International press attaché, Université de Montréal, (514) 343-7593,
sylvain-jacques.desjardins@umontreal.ca; Sandra McPherson, PhD, Communications
Officer, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, (514) 398-1902,

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