My blog: the Silence to Noise Ratio

Dear reader ! 

I have decided to create new blog that is going to be launched very soon. 

It is called « The Silence to Noise Ratio », and it is going to be launched very soon ! Stay tuned ! 


This website will stay up for archive, but updated activity will be going on the new blog. 

Until soon, 


New website of the Music Mind and Brain group

Here is the new website of the Music Mind and Brain (MMB) research group at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I work as a postdoc in this group since November 2013! Very excited to join the research project on Earworms !



Some profile updates

Hi ! 

Just a quick update: now I have my Google Scholar citations page online! Seems like my statistics have been tracked for a while.

I also added a few new things on Mendeley.

Bye for now, 


New life, new places, new projects

Hi everyone ! 

A quick update since I was absent from this site for quite long. Since mid-February I moved to France, working between Montpellier and Lyon. In the lab in Montpellier I have the opportunity to work with experts in human physiology of effort, motor control / planning. In two new experiments (described here and here) we investigate sensorimotor coupling in non-musicians, and motor planning in percussionists using either motion capture or Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS). I am also hosted part time in Lyon in the CAP team and continue working on the Parkinson project in collaboration with Leipzig. 

A more informal presentation..

Many thanks to the first visitors of this website ! I can say thank you to Facebook and his "like" button… :) 

I thought it would be good to also give a more casual presentation of my activities - for the general public, and in english s'il vous plait ! So with these few lines I'll try to share with you an impression of the what, the why, but also the "how"… 

Being a musician since the earliest age, I've always been in contact with sounds, vibrations, rhythms and harmonies. I spent my whole childhood and teen as a music student, always curious to learn more, but also as a fond of science and technologies. I eventually started to study science and ended up doing an electrical engineering degree at ENSEA. As a logical follower, I did a M.Sc and a PhD, because I wanted to learn more and more, to be curious more and more and to be immersed in the research world. 

After almost two years of "break" as an engineer in a private company, here I am, back in the research world! But the challenge is big ; new field, new life, new country(ies). This challenge has a name : EBRAMUS, which means "Europe, Brain and Music". What does that mean, except that it reminds us of "ERASMUS" (an international students exchange program) ? 

We all now about the role that music can play in our lives. The lyrics of our favorite songs can trigger the deepest emotions. Even after listening to it a hundred times, the same extract gives us the chill. We associate moments of our existence to a tune, an album or even a band (I could tell you exactly were I was and what I felt when each Dream Theater album came out since Scenes From a Memory ! ) . We can move, dance, on these sounds which have make our teenager heart beat. As a matter of fact, there is no need to be convinced that we are very sensitive to music…in a lot of ways. 

So in a very, very general way, in EBRAMUS we are interested in the effect of music on the brain. Sounds really a vast field! And one could argue : why ? Why would Europe give funding for such a strange project ? This is because we are studying applications for therapy and learning. Music as a cure ! 

Musicotherapy ? Not really. Musicotherapy has its merits, its practicians and also its results, but it is also criticized for a lack of scientific basis. That's more or less what we try to cope with in EBRAMUS : lead some studies on the effect of music on the brain, with methods coming from psychology, neurosciences and engineering. 

On my side, with my colleague Charles-Etienne Benoit, under the supervision of Simone Dalla Bella, we are working precisely on the effect of rhythmical stimulation in the rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson Disease.. But this is another story! 

Stay tuned! 

Thank you all for reading this, and thank you for your support. 


© Nicolas Farrugia 2013