Sync Session Interview: Dr. Robert Zatorre

Dr. Robert Zatorre is the co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS), Professor in the Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of McGill, and an advisor to The Sync Project. His groundbreaking research deals with complex auditory perceptual processes, especially the processing of musical sounds and speech, and the relationship of music with different brain structures such as those related to reward and pleasure. His work explores interesting questions such as “How does the brain process sounds that are made internally versus externally?” and “Does musical training in early childhood affect brain development later in life?”, among others.

Above is an excerpt from our chat with Dr. Zatorre at the Sync Session at McGill University. Dr. Zatorre discusses how modern brain imaging techniques such as fMRI and PET imaging have been helpful in exploring brain development of musicians and non-musicians, the role that music may play on a larger biological schema, and how technology like The Sync Project would enable him to take his work outside of the lab to evaluate responses to music at-scale, in environmentally valid settings.

You can read more about Dr. Zattore's work on music's effect on the reward system and the brain on our blog.