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

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