Robert Zatorre



  • Fellow
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • McGill University
Montreal Neurological Institute


  • Canada


PhD (Experimental Psychology), Brown University
MSc (Experimental Psychology), Brown University
AB (Psychology and Music), Boston University


Cognitive neuroscientist Robert Zattore originally trained as an organist. His research explores the functional and structural organization of the human brain, with emphasis on two complex and characteristically human abilities: speech and music.

He has investigated the human auditory cortex and its connections, pitch perception, auditory spatial processing, musical imagery, music and emotion, and brain plasticity in the blind and deaf. He is the founding co-director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS).


Northwestern University Hugh Knowles Prize, 2013
IPSEN Foundation Neuronal Plasticity Prize, 2011
Killam Scholar, 2007
James McGill Professor, 2005

Relevant Publications

Albouy, P., Weiss, A., Baillet, S., & Zatorre, R.J. (2017). Selective entrainment of theta oscillations in the dorsal stream causally enhances auditory working memory performance. Neuron, 94(1), 1–14. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.03.015.
Coffey, E.B.J., Herholz, S.C., Chepesiuk, A.M., Baillet, S., & Zatorre, R.J. (2016). Cortical contributions to the auditory frequency-following response revealed by MEG. Nature Communications, 7, 11070. DOI: doi: 10.1038/ncomms11070.
Salimpoor, V.N., van den Bosch, I., Kovacevic, N.,…Zatorre, R.J. (2013). Interactions between nucleus accumbens and auditory cortices predict music reward value. Science, 340(6129), 216–19. DOI: 10.1126/science.1231059.
Zatorre, R.J, & Zarate, J. M. (2012). Cortical processing of music. In D. Poeppel, T. Overath, A.N. Popper, & R.Fay (Eds.), The Human Auditory Cortex: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research (pp. 261-294). New York: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research. DOI: