Scientific Associate Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
My research is focused on determining how brain understands sound as music, and how the brain benefits from music in normal population across lifespan and possible patients groups.
The main questions we address here are the following:
By using non-invasive brain imaging techniques of magnetoencephalography (MEG) and structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we address the first question by examining neural responses to sound and musical stimuli. We have identified that the auditory cortex in both left and right hemispheres contributes to encode melodic contours and intervals, and two simultaneously presented melodies separately. We also have identified the brain responses reflect how we predict time of the isochronous beats and subjective meter.
The second question is tested by studies of comparing the brain responses of musician and non-musician in children and young adult. We investigate whether musicians show enhanced representations of musical stimuli (tone, melody, harmony or cross-modal audio-motor task) as reflected in the brain responses.
Then the third question will be answered by the studies in which brain functions are compared before and after musical experiences. Since the projects have begun, the data have started to give us new evidence of expertise effect in young ages. In particular, ongoing studies address possible effects of 'music-supported stroke rehabilitation' on behavioural (cognitive, affective, quality of life) and brain functions spanning auditory, sensory, and motor systems.
News & Updates
NEWS (Mar 22, 2012): Our application to Grant-in-Aid competition at Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO)
"Examination of the intensity of music-supported stroke rehabilitation" has won $139,998.00 in total for 2 years
NEWS(Feb 20, 2012): The Globe and Mail featured our project! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/conditions/brain-health/tapping-musics-power-to-heal-the-brain/article2342397/
NEWS (Dec 14, 2011) : I will be on the panel for a symposium 'Music, science, technology' organized by a prominent composer Dr. Norbert Palej (U of Toronto) as part of 'New Music Festival' on January 25, noon, at Faculty of Music U of Toronto.
NEWS (Dec 14, 2011): I will be presenting a scientific talk at Toronto Western Hospital Neuroimaging round on Jan 17, 9am. "Beta-band neuromagnetic oscillatory network for timing processing, and their plasticity in music-supported stroke rehabilitation".
NEWS (July 6/2011): Lendra Friesen, her colleagues (Sunnybrook) and me got a grant! Med-El Hearing Solutions (MHS) Research Grants for the Basic Sciences in Hearing EUR 100,000 x 2years, PI Lendra Friesen (Sunnybrook HSC) Co-applicants: Takako Fujioka (Rotman) Vincent Lin& David Shipp (Sunnybrook Otolaryngology) "Age-related Changes in the Effects of Stimulation Rates on Cortical Processing and Speech Recognition in Cochlear Implant (CI) Listeners".
NEWS (July 1st/2011): We got CIHR operating funding $789,839 in total for 5 years. Co-PIs: Laurel Trainor (McMaster U) & Takako Fujioka (Rotman) with Co-applicants:Geoff Hall& Larry Roberts (McMaster U) "Oscillatory networks for rhythmic timing in auditory and motor regions: Interaction, development and plasticity"
NEWS (June 21/2011): I will be presenting one of symposium talks in "The Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and its Clinical and Scientific Application" May 1-4, 2012 at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.
NEWS (Feb 14/2011): I will be presenting a poster at New York Academy of Science special conference ''Music, Science & Medicine: Frontiers in Biomedical Research & Clinical Applications' March 25, 2011.
NEWS (Jan 10/2011): I will be performing piano for Music Therapy Week event at Baycrest on March 7, 2011, Monday. The time TBA.
NEWS (Dec 24/2010): I will be a symposium chair organizing "The role of music in stroke rehabilitation: neural mechanisms and therapeutic techniques" in Neuroscience and Music IV conference in Edinburgh 2011 June.
NEWS (Dec 21/2010): Interviewed by "Toronto Star" - The amazing things music does to your mind"
NEWS (Nov 13/2010): My talk at Society for Neuroscience 2010 meeting (Nov 15, "Neuromagnetic oscillation in musical meter and beat processing") will be featured as "Hot Topic" at the conference.
NEWS (Nov 1/2010): I will be giving a Grand Neurology Round talk at Toronto SickKids Hospital on Feb 16/2011.
|Title||Source (Journal/Book/Conference)||Authors/Presenters||Published On||Type|
|Beta and gamma oscillations as indicator for neuroplastic reorganization||Ross B, Jamali S, Fujioka T||1366171200||Presentation|
|Sound envelope encoding in the auditory cortex revealed by neuromagnetic responses in the theta to gamma frequency bands||Brain Research||Miyazaki T, Thompson J, Fujioka T, Ross B||1360299600||Journal Article|
|Changes in neuromagnetic beta-band oscillation after music-supported stroke rehabilitation||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences||Fujioka T, Ween JE, Jamali S, Stuss DT, Ross B||1334721600||Journal Article|
|Internalized timing of isochronous sounds is represented in neuromagnetic beta oscillations||The Journal of Neuroscience||Fujioka T, Trainor L, Large EW, Ross B||1328072400||Journal Article|
|Interference in dichotic listening: the effect of contralateral noise on oscillatory brain networks||European Journal of Neuroscience||Ross B, Miyazaki T, Fujioka T||1323925200||Journal Article|
|The effect of stimulus rate and metric subdivision on rhythmic music perception||Music Perception||Zendel B, Fujioka T, Ross B||1304136000||Journal Article|
|Human gamma band oscillations at the interface between sensation and conscious cognition||18TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE SOCIETY||Ross B, Miyazaki T, Fujioka T||1303963200||Presentation|
|Gamma-band synchronization in the temporal lobe indexes metronome timing and its subdivision||Fujioka T, Trainor L, Large E, Ross B||1303790400||Presentation|
|Neuromagnetic oscillation in musical meter and beat processing||FUJIOKA T, ZENDEL B, ROSS B||1289624400||Presentation|
|Development of auditory-specific brain rhythm in infants||European Jounal of Neuroscience||Fujioka T, Mourad N, Trainor LJ||1288238400||Journal Article|
|Comparison of artifact correction methods for infant EEG applied to extraction of event-related potential signals||Clinical Neurophysiology||Fujioka T, Mourad N, He C, Trainor L||1277870400||Journal Article|
|Plastic change of neuromagnetic responses in auditory cortices over the course of music-supported motor rehabilitation program||Fujioka T, Jamali S, Ween JE, Stuss D, Ross B||1276142400||Presentation|
|Neuromagnetic sensory evoked response as a biomarker of cortical reorganization during stroke recovery||Jamali S, Ross B, Ween EJ, Stuss DT, Fujioka T||1275883200||Presentation|
|Why music moves us: Parallel motor networks in beta and high-gamma neuromagnetic oscillation actived according to the tempo of regularly repeating sounds.||Fujioka T, Trainor L, Large E, Ross B||1271476800||Presentation|
|Endogenous neuromagnetic activity for mental hierarchy of timing||Journal of Neuroscience||Fujioka T, Zendel B, Ross B||1267592400||Journal Article|
|Neural representation of transposed melody in infants at 6 months of age||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences||Tew S, Fujioka T, He C, Trainor L||1266469200||Journal Article|
|The effect of metre on accuracy and consistency of auditory motor synchronization||Zendel BR, Fujioka T, Ross B||1249272000||Presentation|
|Beta and gamma rhythms in human auditory cortex during musical beat processing||Annals of the New York Academy of Science||Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Large EW, Ross B||1246507200||Journal Article|
|Music-supported training of motor function: A neuroscience driven approach to stroke rehabilitation||Interprofessional Rounds||Ross B, Fujioka T||1236916800||Presentation|
|Domain-specific and domain-general effects of musical experience in young children||Neuroscience of Music, Montreal 2008||Trainor LJ, Corrigall K, Fujioka T||1212897600||Presentation|
|Auditory processing indexed by stimulus-induced alpha desynchronization in children.||International Journal of Psychopysiology||Fujioka T, Ross B||1209614400||Journal Article|
|Aging and musical expertise on melodic encoding in auditory cortex||Cognitive Neuroscience Society||Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Picton TW, Ross B||1208059200||Presentation|
|Simultaneous pitches are encoded separately in auditory cortex: an MMNm study.||Neuroreport||Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Ross B||1202792400||Journal Article|
|Thinking in two vs. three beats: metric structure is represented in multiple cortical areas in skilled musicians||International Conference on Biomagnetism||Fujioka T, Zendel B, Ross B||1202187600||Presentation|
|Metric interpretation modulates the auditory evoked response||The Neurosciences and Music III||Zendel B, Fujioka T, Ross B||1202187600||Presentation|
|Metric interpretation modulates the auditory evoked response||Cognitive Neuroscience Society||Fujioka T, Zendel B, Ross B||1199163600||Presentation|
|Dynamics of thalamocortical circuits for sound processing revealed by magnetoencephalography||156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America||Ross B, Fujioka T||1199163600||Presentation|
|Time courses of cortical beta and gamma-band activity during listening to metronome sounds in different tempi||156th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America||Fujioka T, Large E, Trainor L, Ross B||1199163600||Presentation|
|Aging in binaural hearing begins in mid-life: Evidence from cortical auditory-evoked responses to changes in interaural phase||Journal of Neuroscience||Ross B, Fujioka T, Tremblay KL, Picton TW||1192593600||Journal Article|
|Musical training effects and development in brain across life span||Rotman Rounds||Fujioka T||1165813200||Presentation|
|One year of musical training affects development of auditory cortical-evoked fields in young children||Brain||Fujioka T, Ross B, Kakigi R, Pantev C, Trainor LJ||1159675200||Journal Article|
|Cortical oscillations related to processing congruent and incongruent grapheme-phoneme pairs||Neuroscience Letters||Herdman AT, Fujioka T, Chau W, Ross B, Pantev C, Picton TW||1147665600||Journal Article|
|Automatic encoding of polyphonic melodies in musicians and nonmusicians||Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience||Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Ross B, Kakigi R, Pantev C||1104555600||Journal Article|
|Combining Multiple Sessions MEG Data||Organization for Human Brain Mapping||Chau W, Fujioka T, Ross B||1104555600||Presentation|
|Cortical oscillations modulated by congruent and incongruent audiovisual stimuli||Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology||Herdman AT, Fujioka T, Chau W, Ross B, Pantev C, Picton TW||1101790800||Journal Article|
|Musical training enhances automatic encoding of melodic contour and interval structure||Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience||Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Ross B, Kakigi R, Pantev C||1088654400||Journal Article|
|Auditory memory trace encodes polyphonic melody||14th International Conference on Biomagnetism||Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Ross B, Kakigi R, Picton TW, Pantev C||1072933200||Presentation|
|Cortical oscillations modulated by congruent and incongruent audiovisual stimuli||14th International Conference on Biomagnetism||Herdman AT, Fujioka T, Chau W, Ross B, Pantev C, Picton TW||1072933200||Presentation|
|Tonotopic representation of missing fundamental complex sounds in the human auditory cortex||European Journal of Neuroscience||Fujioka T, Ross B, Okamoto H, Takeshima Y, Kakigi R, Pantev C||1057982400||Journal Article|
|Music and learning-induced cortical plasticity||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences||Pantev C, Ross B, Fujioka T, Trainor LJ, Schulte M, Schulz M||1041397200||Book Chapter|
Sponsors: CIHR Research Grant
Investigating gamma-band rhythmic neural activities that might be related to multiple periodic sound (i.e., musical chords) perception using MEG (magnetoencephalograph)
-Investigate auditory evoked magnetic fields to examine how local pitch and global pitch interact with each other