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2nd announcement: Summer school: Pitch, Music, and Associated Pathologies

A summer school on "Pitch, Music, and Associated Pathologies", will be held in Lyon, France, during three days: July 9-11, 2014.

This summer school is organized jointly by CeLyA and the GDR GRAEC, with the support of the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center and the CERCO.

CeLyA is a « laboratoire d'excellence » (LabEx) wich is a virtual lab gathering the research teams working on acoustics and hearing in the Lyon area, funded by the "Investissement d'avenir" program of the French Ministry of Research. One of CeLyA's objective is the dissemination of knowledge in all disciplines of acoustics and hearing sciences. 
The GDR CNRS GRAEC (Groupement de Recherche en Audiologie Experimentale et Clinique) is a network which regroups french national research teams, ETN departments of Hospital and the participation of industrial partners (cochlear implants and hearing aids). 

The public for this summer school will be students and young researchers with various backgrounds in hearing sciences. As the summer school will be entirely in English, we expect international participations. We are hoping for a lot of fruitful exchanges between the participants and the speakers, with a didactical format for the presentations and enough time for discussion. The program of the the scientific sessions is detailed below. We also encourage all participants to bring a poster as a vector for informal discussions about their work.
There are no registration costs. Lunches, coffee breaks and all socials will be offered to all participants during the duration of the summer school. To enhance interaction between participants and invited speakers, the available places will be strictly limited and the participants should go through a application process by sending an email (with object: [SummerSchool]) to the organizing committee [SummerSchool (at) crnl.cnrs.fr] attached with a motivation letter and a brief CV (no more than two pages altogether).
The deadline to apply is April 30th 2014. 
We recommend all participants to stay at the Valpré conference center where the summer school will take place. Rooms will be automatically booked when registering, unless specifically stated otherwise by the applicant, but will remains, if selected, at the applicant's charge (75€/night single room or 98€/night twin room).
Further details can be found on the dedicated website.
We hope to see you in Lyon in July,
The organizing committee : Pascal Barone, Anne Caclin, Nicolas Grimault

Scientific program:
Session 1: Pitch and associated pathologies
Daniel Pressnitzer, Dept. Etude Cognitives, ENS, Paris,  France: Pitch: from basic mechanisms to contextual effects.
Christophe Micheyl, Starkey, San Francisco, USA: Pitch perception and sound separation, from normal to impaired hearing.
Chris James, Cochlear, Toulouse,  France: An introduction to cochlear implants and sound coding:  So what about pitch perception?
Olivier Macherey, LMA, Marseille,  France: To be announced
Dan Gnansia, Neurelec, Paris,  France: Effects of degraded temporal and spectral cues on speech performance and pitch perception in cochlear implant users 
Monitta Chatterjee, Boys Town National Research Hospital, Omaha, USA: 
To be announced 

Session 2: Music and associated pathologies
Marion Cousineau, BRAMS, Montreal, Canada:
To be announced
Barbara Tillmann, CRNL, Lyon,  France:
To be announced
Bénédicte Poulin-Charonnat, LEAD, Dijon,  France: Language and music: From learning to perception
Mathieu Marx, National Research Hospital (CHU), Toulouse,  France:
To be announced
Elvira Brattico, Cogn. Brain Res. Unit, Helsinki, Finland: The automatic and conscious processing of acoustic and affective music features in the normal and dysfunctional brain


Invited Lecturers:

Daniel Pressnitzer : Daniel Pressnitzer is a CNRS research scientist, currently team leader  of the Audition team, Laboratoire des Systèmes Perceptifs (CNRS UMR  8248), Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. His current research focus on  mid-level audition, as relevant for pitch and timbre perception,  auditory scene analysis, perceptual learning and memory, and clinical  applications to hearing impairment.
Christophe Micheyl : Christophe Micheyl is an auditory scientist with wide-ranging interests in auditory perception, neuroscience, probabilistic models, and statistics. He received a PhD in Psychology from Universite Lyon II in 1996, and went on to work as a researcher in Europe (CRSSA, University of Cambridge, CNRS, Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit) and the US (Georgetown University, MIT, University of Minnesota, Starkey Laboratories). He has coauthored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed venues, including top-tier journals in neuroscience and psychology, such as PNAS, Neuron, PLoS Biology, and Psych Review. He is currently a Senior Researcher II at the Starkey Hearing Research Center in Berkeley, California.
Chris James : Chris James is Scientist and Research project Manager for Cochlear europe based in Toulouse (France). He received his PhD from the University of Surrey (UK). After a two postdoctoral stages in Canada and Australia he worked at the Melbourne University and the Bionic Ear Institute on the combination of electric and acoustic hearing. His current interests are the coding of perception of voice pitch for cochlear implanted subjects and the the placement of cochlear implant electrodes for improved performance.
Olivier Macherey : Olivier Macherey is a research scientist working at the Laboratory of Mechanics and Acoustics of the CNRS in Marseille (France). He has been involved in cochlear implant (CI) research for the past ten years, working successively at the Department of Neurosciences in Leuven (Belgium) and at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge (UK). He is currently leading a research group working on several aspects of electrical hearing, including basic psychophysics, auditory nerve recording and speech perception. His research interests lie in auditory perception in general and in signal processing applications for auditory prostheses.
Dan Ganzia : Dan Gnansia is head of Scientific and Clinical Research Department of Neurelec (cochlear implant division of Oticon Medical) since 2011, following 5 years as a clinical research scientist in Neurelec. He has an Engineer degree in electronics and signal processing, and a PhD in Psychoacoustics from Pierre et Marie Curie University and Audition Lab from Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris).
Monitta Chatterjee : MC is presently the Director of the Auditory Prostheses and Perception Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Her undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering, followed by a Ph.D. in bioengineering/neuroscience of sensory systems and post-doctoral training in cochlear implants. For the last 19 years she has worked on various aspects of basic psychophysics, auditory and speech perception by listeners with cochlear implants and the processing of degraded auditory inputs by the normally hearing brain. Recently her work has expanded to include a study of how young children with cochlear implants process pitch and pitch-related cues such as prosody and lexical tones.
Marion Cousineau : Marion Cousineau received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology in 2010 from Université Paris Descartes and Ecole Normale Supérieure, where she worked under the supervision of Daniel Pressnitzer. In her doctoral work, she investigated the specificity of pitch sequences in normal-hearing listeners, and pitch-sequence impairment in cochlear implant listeners. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher under the supervision of Isabelle Peretz at BRAMS, université de Montréal, where she studies the neuro-functionnal origin of the pitch deficit in congenital amusia.
Barbara Tillmann : After a PhD in cognitive psychology and postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience, Barbara Tillmann integrated the CNRS and is now directing the team "Auditory Cognition and Psychoacoustics" at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (http://crnl.univ-lyon1.fr/index.php/en/Research/Teams/10) . Her research is in the domain of auditory cognition and uses behavioural and neurophysiological methods. More specifically, she is investigating how the brain acquires knowledge about complex sound structures, such as music and language, and how this knowledge shapes perception. She is further interested in investigating new perspectives for stimulating cognitive processes with music as well as in investigating the phenomenon of amusia, a deficit in music perception and production.
Bénédicte Poulin Charonnat : After a PhD in cognitive psychology, Bénédicte Poulin-Charronnat worked as a post-doc at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and then at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences et Systèmes Sensoriels in Lyon. Bénédicte Poulin-Charronnat is now a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire d'Etude de l'Apprentissage et du Développement in Dijon. Bénédicte Poulin-Charronnat works primarily on musical expectations and their interactions with linguistic processing, note reading acquisition, and implicit learning in both language and music.
Mathieu Marx : Mathieu Marx (MD-PhD) is a physician in the department of otology-neurotology, Toulouse Purpan, and is also a member of the CerCo laboratory (Brain & Cognition, CNRS). Most of his researches focus on auditory rehabilitation after cochlear implantation, and more specifically the perception of nonlinguistic aspects of auditory environment, such as music or human voice. M. Marx is also implicated in binaural hearing and treatment options in single-sided deafness.
Elvira Brattico : Elvira Brattico holds a PhD degree in Psychology (2006; University of Helsinki). In 2007-2009, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the EU Project Tuning the Brain for Music. From 2009 to 2013, she directed the Aesthetics module of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research. Since 2011 she heads the Neuroaesthetics of Music Group at the University of Helsinki and is senior scientist at the Brain & Mind Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science, Aalto University. Her main interests cover the neural processing of perceptual and emotional features in music, and their intra- and inter-individual variations. More info from http://www.helsinki.fi/psychology/groups/neuroaesthetics/index.html