Research

Current Studies

Tap to the Rhythm

Description: The Penhune lab at Concordia University needs right-handed pianists, singers and drummers for a study on rhythm. You will complete a battery of behavioural tasks that takes about two hours. Testing will take place at Loyola Campus (7141 Sherbrooke St. West) in the afternoons and evenings. You will be compensated $30 for your time plus additional compensation for transportation.

Inclusion/Exclusion criteria: Eligibility will be determined upon contacting the principal investigator, Tomas Matthews

Past Studies

Dance for Science!

Description: The purpose of this study is to investigate differences in brain structure amongst professional dancers and to compare them to structural differences between musicians and non-musicians. We also wish to investigate how brain structure is related to performance, and will be using Dance Central on the Xbox Kinect platform to assess dance performance. Dance Central. If you'd like to test your skills against the pros, get in touch with us and dance for science!

Inclusion/Exclusion criteria: Eligibility will be determined upon contacting the principal investigator, Chiara Giacosa

Motor Skill Learning and the Brain

Description: The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the brain regions involved in learning a motor skill. Over a period of two weeks, you will be required to attend 6 one-hour long sessions of testing at the University of Montreal (1 session per day, over 6 non-consecutive days). During each session, you will be asked to perform key-presses on a keyboard in response to a series of visual sequences. Days 1 and 6 of this study will be conducted inside an MRI scanner. Testing begins on Tuesday, June 26th, and compensation for completing the study is $240.

Inclusion/Exclusion criteria: Contact Chris Steele or Dilini Sumanapala to determine eligibility.

"We lost the hamster." - Our epic motor skill learning study rebooted

Description:This study investigates how people acquire new motor skills and how performance on motor tasks can change with practice. Participants are required to perform a motor sequence task by pressing keys on a keyboard in response to visual stimuli presented on a computer screen. Participants must also complete a sleep questionnaire at the start of each session in order to assess levels of alertness.

Inclusion/Exclusion criteria:Participants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, be right-handed, and undergo a short screening questionnaire. Participants must also be free of neurological disorders, and have no history of concussions or serious head injury.

Going around in circles: Human sensorimotor synchronization

Description:This study investigates how people acquire new motor skills and how performance on motor tasks can change with practice. Participants are required to perform a motor sequence task by pressing keys on a keyboard in response to visual stimuli presented on a computer screen. Participants must also complete a sleep questionnaire at the start of each session in order to assess levels of alertness.

Inclusion/Exclusion criteria: We are looking for both non-musicians (fewer than 3 years of musical training, including voice and dance, and not currently practicing) and musicians (at least 3 years of music training and currently engaged in practice) who are right-handed, 18-35 years old, and in good neurological health.