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Isabelle Peretz

Isabelle Peretz
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BRAMS, Université de Montréal
Pavillon 1420 Mont-Royal
C.P. 6128, succ. Centre-ville
Montréal, Qc, H3C 3J7

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BRAMS, Université de Montréal
1430, boul. du Mont-Royal, first floor (0-120)
Outremont, Qc, H2V 4P3

Current position

Full professor
Département de psychologie, Université de Montréal

Canada research chair in neurocognition of music

Casavant chair in neurocognition of music

Co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS)

Associate professor
École d'orthophonie et d'audiologie, Université de Montréal

Adjunct professor McGill University Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Current research support


Research Interests


Brief biography

Dr. Peretz is a cognitive neuropsychologist and a professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal. Dr. Peretz was born and educated in Brussels, Belgium. She earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles under José Morais in 1984. Shortly therafter she took on a faculty position at Université de Montréal where she has remained ever since. Dr. Peretz’s focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She has published over 225 scientific papers on a variety of topics in neurocognition of music, from perception, memory, and emotions to singing and dancing (for her publications see She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. Dr. Peretz’s research has received continued support from the Canadian Natural Science and Engineering Council and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research since 1986. In 2004, the Université de Montréal earned her an endowed Casavant chair in neurocognition of music and in 2007, a Canada Research Chair in neurocognition of music. In 2005, Dr. Peretz became the founding co-director of the international laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound research (BRAMS), a unique multi-university consortium that is jointly affiliated to Université de Montréal and McGill University (, with state-of-the art facilities dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music. She was awarded several prizes, including the IPSEN Neuronal Plasticity prize in 2011. Dr. Peretz is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association. In 2010, she became the founding Editor-in-chief of the new open access journal Frontiers of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.

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Recent articles

You can browse all my publications from the Publications section.

Aubé, W., Peretz, I. & Armony, J. (Published online) The effects of emotion on memory for music and vocalisations. Memory . DOI:10.1080/09658211.2013.770871

Peretz, I. (in press) The Biological foundations of music: Insights from congenital amusia. The Psychology of Music . Edited by D. Deutsch. Elsevier.

Zumbansen, A., Peretz, I. & Hébert, S. (2014) Melodic intonation therapy: back to basics for future research. Frontiers in Neurology , vol. 5


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