Isabelle Peretz

Current Position

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 http://www.peretzlab.ca/publications/2020/).

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 (www.brams.org), with state-of-the art facilities dedicated to the cognitive neuroscience of music. Dr. Peretz has been awarded several prizes (the Justine & Yves Sergent award, the ACFAS Jacques Rousseau award, the Adrien Pinard award, the Neuronal Plasticity prize 2011 IPSEN Foundation, the prize of Excellence of FRQNT 2015 and the Women of distinction award in 2019). 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.