Isabelle Peretz


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(514) 343-5840

Current Status

Full professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Founding Co-Director of the International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (BRAMS) jointly affiliated to the Université de Montréal and McGill University

Canada Research Chair in Neurocognition of Music

Casavant Chair in Neurocognition of Music

Adjunct professor, McGill University,Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Member of the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (Executive Committee Member)

Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Honorary Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Brief biography

Dr. Peretz is a professor of Psychology at the University of Montreal and the holder of a Canada Research Chair and a Casavant Research chair in neurocognition of music. Her research focuses on the musical potential of ordinary people, its neural correlates, its heritability and its specificity relative to language. She is renowned for her work on congenital and acquired musical disorders (amusia) and on the biological foundations of music processing in general. She has published over 270 scientific papers on a variety of topics in neurocognition of music, from perception, memory, and emotions to singing and dancing (for her publications see 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 2005, she co-founded the International Laboratory for Brain Music and Sound Research (BRAMS), which she directed until June 2018. BRAMS is 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. Dr. Peretz has been awarded the Justine & Yves Sergent award, the ACFAS Jacques Rousseau award, the Adrien Pinard award, Neuronal Plasticity prize 2011 IPSEN Foundation and the prize of Excellence of FRQNT 2015. Dr. Peretz is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Quebec and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Psychological Association.