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[AUDITORY] Nottingham Hearing Sciences Seminar: Pascal Belin

Hi All,

 We are delighted to announce our next speaker will Prof. Pascal Belin (Aix-Marseille University, Institut des Neurosciences de La Timone) will be speaking “On The Cerebral Processing of Voice Information and its evolution” on Thursday the 23rd of February (2pm GMT).


Pascal Belin graduated from Ecole Polytechnique de Paris in 1992 and completed in 1997 his doctoral thesis in Cognitive Sciences on the cerebral bases of language lateralization at Service Hospitalier Frédéric Joliot, Orsay. During his postdoctoral stay at McGill University in Prof. Robert Zatorre's lab their discovery of the "voice areas" of the human brain in 2000 oriented his scientific career towards the study of the Vocal Brain.

Pascal Belin was appointed Assistant Professor in Psychology at University of Montreal in 2001, then Professor of Neuroscience at Glasgow University in 2005. In 2012, he joined Aix-Marseille University and the Timone Neuroscience Institute where he has since been leading the "Neural Bases of Communication" research team.

Pascal Belin has published more than 130 scientific articles in international journals, cited more than 20,000 times. He the co-editor with Prof. Sascha Frühholz of the recent Oxford Handbook of Voice Perception that gathers 50 contributions from leading researchers in the emerging domain of Voice Information Science. In 2018 he was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for the project COVOPRIM: A Comparative Study of Voice Perception in Primates.

A brief abstract for the talk can be found below:

The human voice is the most important sound category in our auditory environment: because it carries speech, but also because it is an “auditory face” which we are expert at decoding. Neuroimaging studies have identified Temporal Voice Areas (TVAs) in the human auditory cortex, key nodes of a cerebral network of cortical and subcortical areas involved in processing voice information. But are the TVAs uniquely human? Comparative fMRI reveals that macaque monkeys also possess TVAs that are not only analogous, but also functionally homologous to the human TVAs in categorizing conspecific vocalizations apart from other sounds. This indicates a long evolutionary history of the vocal brain.

After this the immediate schedule is:


Ian Russel – 9/3/23

Christopher Davis – 23/3/23

Barbara Canlon – 20/4/23




Dr Joseph Sollini

Auditory Cortical Circuits Lab

Hearing Sciences

The University of Nottingham


W: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/hearingsciences/people/joseph.sollini

W: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1974-4291




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