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After having received a PhD in cognitive psychology and completing postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience, Barbara Tillmann started a CNRS research position in 2001 in Lyon. She obtained the bronze medal of the CNRS for her work in 2004. Since 2007, she has been the leader of the research group, “Auditory Cognition and Psychoacoustics”, which has integrated the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center in 2010. The team’s research aims to understand cognitive and neural mechanisms that determine how humans perceive, learn, memorize and use complex sound structures (e.g., to expect and anticipate future events).
Barbara Tillmann’s research sheds new light on music and the brain. It investigates nonverbal auditory cognition, and in particular, uses music as a privileged window into the brain to study cognitive and neural correlates of music processing as well as of language processing, action, attention and other cognitive activities (e.g., learning, memory). It informs us about normal and pathological brain functioning, and findings lead to hypotheses about potential deficits in pathology and potential benefits of music to overcome deficits and boost the brain, leading to perspectives for training and rehabilitation.