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The unexpected creates reward when listening to music

If you love it when a musician strikes that unexpected but perfect chord, you are not alone. New research shows the musically unexpected activates the reward center of our brains, and makes us learn about the music as we listen. In this radio interview with CBC News, Ben Gold, PhD candidate at The Neuro, explains how catchy songs connect with us emotionally. He says that one of the ways emotional connectivity happens is in predicting what will come next. Watch Video Here

Women in health, science and innovation are collaborating globally

Marie Curie, Rita Levi-Montalcini, Brenda Milner, Martha Salcudean, Julie Payette, Halle Tanner Dillon Johnson. What do these names bring to mind? They are women whose pioneering work led the fight against cancer, ground-breaking discoveries about how brain cells live and die and to the unveiling of the secrets of human memory. The National Post

Team confirms link between sleep disorder and Parkinson's

A large study of more than 1,200 patients provides important predictors of Parkinson’s disease progression, report researchers from The Neuro and the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre. This is the largest study ever performed on patients with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, which causes violent acting out of dreams as the normal paralysis during sleep is lost. “We confirmed a very high risk of PD in people with REM sleep disorder and found several strong predictors of this progression,” says Dr. Postuma, the study leader. Futurity

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