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Robert Zatorre

Robert Zatorre is a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Originally trained as an organist, his research explores the functional and structural organization of the human brain, with special 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

Salimpoor, V.N., Van Den Bosch, I., Kovacevic, N., Mcintosh, A.R., Dagher, A. and Zatorre, R.J. (2013) Interactions between nucleus accumbens and auditory cortices predict music reward value. Science, 340, 216-219.

Coffey, E.B.J., Herholz, S.B., Chepesiuk, A.M.P., Baillet, S., and Zatorre, R.J. (2016) Cortical contributions to the auditory frequency-following response revealed by MEG. Nature Communications, 7:11070.

Albouy, P., Baillet, S., and Zatorre, R.J. (2017) Selective entrainment of theta oscillations in the dorsal stream causally enhances auditory working memory performance. Neuron, 94, 1-14.


R. J. Zatorre and J. M. Zarate, "Cortical processing of music," in The Auditory

Cortex: Springer Handbook of Auditory Research, Poeppel et al, Eds. New York: Springer Science+Media, 2012.



Senior Fellow Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


McGill UniversityMontreal Neurological Institute


PhD (Experimental Psychology) Brown University

MSc (Experimental Psychology) Brown University

AB (Psychology and Music) Boston University



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