Sequential auditory patterns and cognitive functioning

This is an online study aimed at exploring the neurobiological underpinnings of auditory sequence learning through an examination of individuals with prior temporal lobe (and thus, some degree of hippocampal) resection compared with frontal surgical and healthy controls. This study also aims to get at the effects of prior temporal lobe and frontal lobe resection on cognitive functioning, as measured by standardized neuropsychological assessments as well as a naturalistic movie paradigm for assessing memory impairments in temporal lobe epilepsy. We hope to be able to collect data from this hard-to-reach population, by translating neuropsychological measures to an online platform.

Western University Campus

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The effect of musical training on auditory perception

Some findings suggest that prolonged musical training can make us better at perceiving music and/or speech, and that musical training may even slow the negative effects of aging on hearing. However, other findings suggest limited or mixed benefits of musical training on auditory perception. We are interested in providing a definitive answer as to whether musical training truly affects perception of non-musical sounds, and whether it may help prevent age-related hearing loss.

Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB)


Eplink is a large province-wide initiative funded and coordinated by the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI). The purpose of this study is to develop multimodal data that can better identify (1) the seizure focus and (2) the likelihood of cognitive morbidity in patients who will undergo neurosurgery for epilepsy; the aim is better outcomes than the current standard of practice and to 3) find genetic abnormalities in patients with frontal, temporal and insular lobe epilepsy. This may help identify biomarkers that distinguish between good and poor surgical outcomes in epilepsy.

Robarts Research Institute (RRI)


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OurBrainsCAN is a central participant registration website for cognitive research at Western University. The goal of OurBrainsCAN is to establish a registry of potential participants for health-related research. Through this registry, researchers at Western recruit participants who may be eligible for their studies. 

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