Date(s) - 17/11/2022
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Please join us fora talk on Thursday, November 17th at 2:30 PM in PC155. Our speaker is flying in from France to attend the NeuroMusic conferenceon the weekend and has kindly agreed to also deliver our colloquium this week.Let’s do our best to give her a great showing!
Coffee and cookies will be outin the lobby at 2:00 PM, and a reception will follow the talk.
Speaker: Dr. Barbara Tillman, CNRS-UMR in France
Title: Investigatingshort-term memory with congenital amusia
Host: Dr.Laurel Trainor
Abstract: Congenital amusia is aneuro-developmental disorder of music perception and production. The observeddeficits contrast with the sophisticated music processing reported for thegeneral population. Musical deficits within amusia have been hypothesized toarise from altered pitch processing, with impairments in pitch discriminationand in particular, short-term memory. This presentation will focus on thedeficits of short-term memory for pitch and its comparison to short-term memoryfor other materials. Overall, the data suggest impairments at each level ofprocessing in short-term memory tasks: starting with the encoding of the pitchinformation and the creation of the adequate memory trace, the retention of thepitch traces over time, as well as the recollection and comparison of thestored information with newly incoming information. These impairments have beenrelated to altered brain responses in a distributed fronto-temporal network,which can be observed also at rest. Interestingly, some recent studies revealedspared implicit pitch perception in congenital amusia, supporting the power ofimplicit cognition in the music domain. Current challenges consist of definingdifferent subtypes of congenital amusia as well as developing rehabilitationprograms for this “musical handicap”.
Therewill also be a livestream on our YouTube channel: https://tinyurl.com/pnbcolloquia.