Dr MICHEL BELYK

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    I study the human voice, all the things that it says, and how it is able to say them.

    Behavioural projects related to speech, singing, or hearing (disordered or otherwise), as well as ASMR are welcome.

    Imaging projects based on population neuroscience or real-time MRI also available for applications with appropriate experience.

    20102022

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    I seek to understand the neural adaptations that make humans able to speak, with a particular focus on the neural control of the voice. Using a comparative approach, I study the neural systems for speech and language, how they develop in the human brain, the communicative behaviours that they enable, their underlying genetic mechanisms, and how they may contribute to disorders of speech. 

    Practically, I address these questions using a variety of methodologies including acoustical analysis and auditory playback studies, functional and structural MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and meta-analysis.

    As the human voice is the primary sound source for speech, song, and the expression of emotions, my research is in strategic contact with a wide range of fields and has generated numerous interdisciplinary collaborations.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University

    Award Date: 1 Oct 2015

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