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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Our Musical Brain - Robert Zatorre on Musical Processing in the Brain

by CIFAR
Jul 27 / 16
CIFAR Senior Fellow Robert Zatorre (McGill University) explores how the brains of musicians are specialized to do their jobs, how we evoke the music stored in our minds to imagine sounds without hearing them and why music gives us pleasure.