Dr Sylvie Nozaradan

Research Program: Music Cognition and Action


Sylvie Nozaradan, MD PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Neuroscience of UCLouvain (Belgium) since September 2018. The same year, she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council to develop her research on rhythm and the brain. Previously, she received an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to conduct her research for three years at the MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University (Australia). She has a double PhD in neuroscience from UCLouvain and Montreal University (Canada), for her work on the neural bases of rhythmic entrainment. She has a dual background in music (master in piano, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgium) and science (medical doctor, UCLouvain).

Research Interests

Dr Sylvie Nozaradan's research focuses on how the activity of the human brain synchronizes to musical rhythm. To investigate these neural dynamics, she uses frequency-tagging, an approach recently developed to capture the neural processing of rhythmic inputs with surface or intracerebral electroencephalography (EEG). Clarifying the neural underpinning of rhythm processing may help us understand neural mechanisms such as those underlying perception, sensorimotor synchronization, or multisensory integration. It is also critical for optimising functional exploration or rehabilitation practices for brain-damaged patients. Moreover, this research gives rise to thoughts about how and why mixing art and science in research activities.

Qualifications and Honours

  • 2018 Starting Grant of the European Research Council
  • 2017 Discovery Project of the Australian Research Council, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney
  • University (Australia), with Manuel Varlet and Peter Keller
  • 2016 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award of the Australian Research Council, MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University (Australia)
  • 2013 PhD in Neuroscience, UCLouvain (Belgium) – Montreal University (Canada)
  • 2009 Doctor in medicine, orientation Neurology, UCLouvain (Belgium)
  • 2005 Master in piano, Royal Superior Conservatory of Music of Brussels (Belgium). First prize in music theory, harmony, music history, chamber music and piano.


My publications can be found on my Google Scholar page.(opens in a new window)