Sylvain Moreno

Dr. Sylvain Moreno

Research Focus

My research interest in cognitive neuroscience focuses on brain plasticity and its implications for neuroeducation. I am especially interested in how training and rehabilitation can affect higher order processes such as language and intelligence. To this point, I have studied musical training and bilingualism as experiences that depend on brain plasticity to modify cognitive networks. My research shows that these types of training influence processing related to attention, language, and intelligence. My research program incorporates multiple platforms including behavioural testing, electroencephalography (ERP), magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and neuropsychological studies.

Keywords: Brain plasticity, higher level cognition, auditory cognitive neuroscience, and neural mechanisms of audition perception, attention, and cognition. Music training, language, rehabilitation, human brain eletrophysiology, functional neuroimaging and magnetoencephalography.

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
Coordinated plasticity in brainstem and auditory cortex contributes to enhanced categorical speech perception in musicians European Journal of Neuroscience Bidelman GM, Weiss MW, Moreno S, Alain C 1408420800 Journal Article
Oscillatory responses to semantic and syntactic violations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Kielar A, Meltzer JA, Moreno S, Bialystok E, Alain C 1401854400 Journal Article
Age-related changes in the subcorticalecortical encoding and categorical perception of speech Neurobiology of aging Bidelman GM, Villafuerte JW, Moreno S, Alain C 1399694400 Journal Article
Electrophysiological measures of attention during speech perception predict metalinguistic skills in children Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Astheimer L, Janus M, Moreno S, Bialystok E 1389243600 Journal Article
Brain signal variability as a window into the bidirectionality between music and language processing: Moving from a linear to a nonlinear model Frontiers in Psychology Hutka S, Bidelman GM, Moreno S 1388379600 Journal Article
Learning, neural plasticity and sensitive periods: Implications for language acquisition, music training, and transfer across the lifespan Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience White E, Hutka S, Williams L, Moreno S 1386565200 Journal Article
The Linked Dual Representation model of vocal perception and performance Frontiers in Psychology Hutchins S, Moreno S 1386565200 Journal Article
Examining neural plasticity and cognitive benefit through the unique lens of musical training Hearing Research Moreno S, Bidelman GM 1380254400 Journal Article
Tracing the emergence of categorical speech perception in the human auditory system Neuroimage Bidelman GM, Moreno S, Alain C 1366862400 Journal Article
Tone language speakers and musicians share enhanced perceptual and cognitive abilities for musical pitch: Evidence for bidirectionality between the domains of language and music PLoS ONE Bidelman G, Hutka S, Moreno S 1364875200 Journal Article
Musical training strengthens the subcortical-cortical encoding and categorical perception of speech Bidelman GM, Weiss MW, Moreno S, Alain C 1360990800 Presentation
Bilingualism interacts with domain in a working memory task: Evidence from aging Psychology and Aging Luo L, Craik FIM, Moreno S, Bialystok E 1356930000 Journal Article
Linguistic and metalinguistic outcomes of intense immersion education: how bilingual? International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Hermanto N, Moreno S, Bialystok E 1332388800 Journal Article
Effect of Music Training on Promoting Preliteracy Skills: Preliminary Causal Evidence Music Perception Moreno S, Friesen D, Bialystok E 1322197200 Journal Article
Short-Term Music Training Enhances Verbal Intelligence and Executive Function Psychological Science Moreno S, Bialystok E, Barac R, Schellenberg G, Cepeda N, Chau T 1322197200 Journal Article
Conflict resolution in sentence processing by bilinguals Journal of Neurolinguistics Moreno S, Bialystok E, Wodniecka Z, Alain C 1288584000 Journal Article
Music, pitch processing and g Psychology of Music Schellenberg G, Moreno S 1270094400 Journal Article
Can music influence language and cognition? Contemporary Music Review Moreno S 1267506000 Journal Article
Resolution of conflict by bilinguals and musicians: Evidence from ERPs COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM 2009 Moreno S, Bialystok E, Wodniecka Z, Alain C 1237867200 Abstract
Musical training influences linguistic abilities in 8-year-old children: More evidence for brain plasticity Cerebral Cortex Moreno S, Marques C, Santos A, Santos M, Castro S,L, Besson M 1222833600 Journal Article
Songs as an aid for language acquisition Cognition Schön D, Boyer M, Moreno S, Besson M, Peretz I, Kolinsky R 1202274000 Journal Article
Musicians detect pitch violation in a foreign language better than nonmusicians: behavioral and electrophysiological evidence Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience Marques C, Moreno S, Castro S, L, Besson M 1170738000 Journal Article
Behavioural and Event-Related Potentials evidence for pitch discrimination deficits in dyslexic children: improvement after intensive phonic intervention Neuropsychologia Santos A, Joly-Pottuz B, Moreno S, Habib M, Besson M 1170738000 Journal Article
Influence of musical expertise and musical training on pitch processing in music and language Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience Besson M, Schön D, Moreno S, Santos A, Magne C 1170738000 Journal Article
Langage et musique: études comportementale et électrophysiologique du transfert d'apprentissage Apprentissage des langues premières et secondes Moreno S, Besson M 1170738000 Book Chapter
Musical training and language-related brain electrical activity in children Psychophysiology Moreno S, Besson M 1146456000 Journal Article
Musical training improves verbal memory reading abilities and pitch perception: behavioural and electrophysiological evidence in 8 year-old non-musicians children 46th Annual Meeting October 25-29 2006 Moreno S, Besson M 1136091600 Presentation
Short and long term musical training influences on fundamental frequency and pitch processing: Event-Related brain Potentials studies of children 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition Moreno S, Marques C, Santos A, Castro S,L, Besson M 1136091600 Presentation
Neuroscience Language and Music International Conference on Linguistics and Languages Didactic Moreno S, Besson M 1136091600 Presentation
Electric brain imaging studies of prosody First and Second Language Acquisition Conference Ministry of Research Besson M, Moreno S 1136091600 Presentation
Why do mothers sing to their children? Pole 3C University of Provence Moreno S, Schön D 1136091600 Presentation
Influence of musical training on pitch processing: Event-Related brain Potential studies of adults and children Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences Moreno S, Besson M 1107666000 Journal Article
Longitudinal ERPs study: how musical training can modify language neural network? University of Bangkok Moreno S 1104555600 Presentation
Influence of 8 weeks musical training on fundamental frequency processing in language: Event-Related brain Potentials studies of children XIII Aix-Marseille University Conference: Ecole Doctorale des Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé Moreno S, Besson M 1104555600 Presentation
Math and gender differences XIII Aix-Marseille University Conference: Ecole Doctorale des Sciences de la Vie et de la Santé Moreno S, Besson M 1104555600 Presentation
Eight weeks of musical training influence brain electrical activity in 8-year old children Neurosciences and Music II Conference Moreno S, Besson M 1104555600 Presentation
Musical training and plasticity: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidences CNRS Moreno S, Lemaire P, Besson M 1104555600 Presentation
Children processing Mathematics: electric brain responses reveal gender differences Helsinki Winter School in Cognitive Neuroscience Moreno S, Besson M 1104555600 Presentation
Marcadores cerebrais da aprendizagem - Learning Brain Mechanisms in children Laboratorio de Fala FPCE-UP Moreno S 1072933200 Presentation
"Musical garden" new learning technology helps to understand learning brain mechanisms in children Ecole des Mines Ales Moreno S, Besson M 1072933200 Presentation
Influence of musical training on fundamental frequency and pitch processing: Event-related brain potentials studies of adults and children International Conference on Tone and Intonation Moreno S, Magne C, Schön D, Astésano C, Besson M 1072933200 Presentation
Short musical training modifies language processing: Longitudinal ERPs study Journées de Printemps de la Société de Neuropsychologie de Langue Française Moreno S, Besson M 1072933200 Presentation

Education

  • 2006: PhD, CognitiveNeuroscience (with the highest grade and the personal congratulations of the PhD committee), University of Aix-Marseille I (Title: “Influence of musical training on language processing” Supervisor: Mireille Besson, Research Director at the C.N.R.S, Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives de la Méditerranée (INCM), Marseille, France. )
  • 2004: Certificate class, Medical formation on fMRI basis, University of Aix-Marseille II, Faculty of Medicine France
  • 2004: Certificate class , Engineering, intellectual property, and business, École des mines d'Alès France
  • 2003: Masters, Cognitive Sciences - Computer sciences (with honors), University of Aix-Marseille I (Title: “Neuro-dynamics and modelling of strategic choice” Supervisors: Gregor Schoener, Professor at the University of Bochum (Neuroinformatic Laboratory), Germany and Patrick Lemaire, Professor at the University of Provence, Marseille, France (Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive).)

Academic Appointments

  • 2003–2004: Scientific & Experimental Methods , University of Provence (U1), Marseille, France
  • 2008–2009: Adolescence, Adulthood, and Aging, Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2008–2009: Child Development, Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • 2009–2010: Adolescence, Adulthood, and Aging, Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario

Professional Affiliations

  • 2011–Present: Lead Scientist, Centre for Brain Fitness, Rotman Research Institute
  • 2011–Present: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
  • 2007–2011: High tech consultant
  • 2007–2011: CTO, Musiqkids Corp.

Reviewership

Consulting

  • 2010–Present: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2010–Present: Psychology of Music
  • 2011–Present: Acta Psychologica
  • 2011–Present: Cognitive Development
  • 2011–Present: NeuroImage
  • 2012–Present: Brain and Cognition
  • 2012–Present: PLoS ONE
  • 2012–Present: Perceptual and Motor Skills
  • 2012–Present: Cortex
  • 2012–Present: Music Perception
  • 2013–Present: Cerebral Cortex
  • 2013–Present: Cognition
  • 2013–Present: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2011: Nominated for the Educational Technology Award for software technology, TELUS, SmarterKids training software
  • 2006: Best poster award, 46th Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 25 - 29, 2006., Moreno, S., & Besson, M. (2006) Musical training improves verbal memory, reading abilities and pitch perception: behavioural and electrophysiological evidence in 8 year-old non-musicians children.
  • 2006: ESCOM young researchers award, 9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy, August 22-26, 2006
  • 2006: Young researcher award , Society for Psychophysiological Research, Moreno, S. & Besson, M. (2006). Musical training and language-related brain electrical activity in children. Psychophysiology, 43(3), 287-291

Research Projects

External

  • 2003: Advanced musical technology

    Sponsors: PhD Fellowship Award French Ministry of Research Grant, $84 500

    Fellowship
  • 2005: Signal processing tools in brain imaging

    Sponsors: Fellowship Award Institute Point Carré in Mathematics, $5 000

    Fellowship
  • 2008: Pre-commercialization of the VMI Virtual Music Instrument and SmarterKids training.

    Sponsors: Medical Technologies Research and Commercialization Collaborative - Intellectual Property Mobilization Program, $24 000

    Research Grant
  • 2008: Combining musical training through VMI and MusIQkids learning software (Rank 1)

    Sponsors: Technology Transfer Toronto - Ontario Research Commercialization Grant, $50 000

    Research Grant
  • 2009: Intellectual property strategy for Smarter Kids training

    Sponsors: Business Mentroship and Entrepreneurship Program, Business Advisory Services Program, $10 000

    Research Grant
  • 2009: SmarterKids training

    Sponsors: College Ontario Network for Industry Innovation PoP Grant, $10 000

    Research Grant
  • 2003: MusIQkids - Beta prototype development of the Smarter Kids training software
    Institutions: Ontario Centres for Excellence, MusIQkids Corporation (industry partner), George Brown College Research Division

    Sponsors: Ontario Centres of Excellence: Market Readiness Program, $173 800

    Research Grant
  • 2009: Educational software game for brain development

    Sponsors: Precarn Industrial T-GAP Grant, $115 000

    Research Grant
  • 2010: MusIQkids - Commerical development of the SmarterKids training game with integrated analytical tool (Rank 1)
    Institutions: Ontario Centres of Excellence, MusIQkids Corporation (industry partner)

    Sponsors: Ontario Centres of Excellence: Market Readiness Program, $114 000

    Research Grant
  • 2011–2012: Effects of normal aging on brain networks over the time course of working memory processing: a simultaneous EEG/fMRI study

    Sponsors: CIHR, $49 900

    Research Grant
  • 2012–2013: Cognitive correlates of EEG signals recorded by the InteraXon brain-computer interface

    Sponsors: NSERC, $24 300

  • 2012: Effects of musical training on the behavioural and neurophysiological speech processing in older adults
    Collaborators: Gavin Bidelman

    Sponsors: The GRAMMY Foundation, $17 250

    Research Grant
  • 2012–2013: Cognitively Positive Games for Kids /Educational software game for brain development./ MusIQkids - Commercial development of the SmarterKids training game with integrated analytical tool
    Institutions: FedDev Ontario, Ontario Brain Institute

    Sponsors: The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, $9 000 000

    Research Grant
  • 2013: Smart aging brain training

    Sponsors: Ontario Centres of Excellence: Market Readiness Program, $74 800

  • 2014–2015: Augmentation of neurorehablitation training using targeted brain stimulation
    Collaborators: Jed Meltzer, Asaf Gilboa

    Sponsors: Canada Foundation for Innovation, $111 116

    Research Grant

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Rotman Research Institute
Baycrest
3560 Bathurst Street, 914 VS
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6A 2E1 Phone: 416-785-2500 x3595 Email: smoreno@research.baycrest.org