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Workshop on sensorimotor integration: Embodiment in movement, music, and speech

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This workshop is organized by CIRMMT Research Axis 3 (Cognition, perception and movement). It will take place on February 13th, 2015, in A832 (New Music Building). This workshop is free and open to all. Registration is required.

  • Research Workshop
When Feb 13, 2015
from 09:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where A832 & A833, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West.
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Registration is mandatory as seating is limited. Sensorimotor integration (RA3) registration


The workshop focuses on the importance of body movement and its concomitant processes of sensorimotor integration in music and speech. It explores a large range of movements and movement related processes, such as music instrument motor performance, postural sway, movement planning, as well as breathing, and how these affect music performance or speech production.


  • Eckart Altenmuller, Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine, Hanover, Germany
  • Nicolas Bourguignon, CRBLM, Université de Montréal
  • Isabelle Cossette, CIRMMT, McGill University
  • Alexander Demos, CIRMMT, McGill University
  • Dr. Suzanne Fuchs, Centre for General Linguistics Berlin
  • Brian Mathias, CIRMMT, McGill University
  • Caroline Palmer, CRBLM, McGill University
  • Melanie Sagado, Montreal Neurological Institute &  BRAMS, McGill University
  • Peter Visentin, University of Lethbridge


    • 09:30-10:00 - Coffee and welcome
    • 10:00-11:00 - Dr.Suzanne Fuchs, Uwe Reichel, Marcus Roese, and Amélie Rochet-Capellan: How body motion influences linguistic structure via breathing: Evidence from spontaneous speech data
    • 11:00-11:20 - Nicolas Bourguignon: Sensorimotor integration in speech production: Top-down influences on speech articulatory control
    • 11:25-11:45 - Coffee break
    • 11:50-12:10 - Isabelle Cossette, Camille Vauthrin, Benoit Fabre – Position and breathing patterns during flute playing
    • 12:15-12:35 - Alexander Demos and Caroline Palmer - Singers Postural Sway during Solo and Duet Performance
    • 12:35-13:00 - Discussion
    • 13:00-14:00 - Lunch
    • 14:00-15:00 - Eckart Altenmuller - Failure of motor performance in Musicians: Origins and Treatments
    • 15:00-15:20 - Brian Mathias and Caroline Palmer - Neural responses to altered auditory feedback reveal future-oriented planning during music 
    • 15:20-15:50 - Coffee break
    • 15:50-16:10 - Melanie Segado, Avrum Hollinger, Robert Zatorre, Virginia Penhune - Partially overlapping brain networks for singing and cello playing
    • 16:15-16:35 - Peter Visentin - Biomechanics, ergonomics, and the development of personal style in violin performance: a motion capture study of shirting technique
    • 16:40-17:00 - Discussion and closing remarks
    • 17:00 - Reception
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