Dr Sylvie Nozaradan

Sylvie NozaradanResearch Program: Music Cognition and Action


Dr Sylvie Nozaradan's research focuses on how musical rhythm entrains the human brain activity, as a mean to investigate neural mechanisms such as perception and sensorimotor synchronization in humans.  To explore this phenomenon, she uses an original method - the frequency-tagging approach- to capture the neural activity elicited by rhythm perception or production in humans. ​To this aim, she uses surface and intracerebral EEG, coupled with auditory/visual/somatosensory stimulations, and motion recordings. Also, this research gives rise to thoughts about how and why mixing art and science in research activities.

Dr Sylvie Nozaradan has a M.A. in music (piano performance) from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Brussels (Belgium) and also a Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium). Based on this background, she obtained in 2013 a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCL, Belgium, and also from the Université de Montréal (BRAMS, Canada). From 2013 to 2016, she was postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Neuroscience, UCL (Belgium). In 2016, she was awarded an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) and joined the Music Cognition and Action Group at MARCS.

Research Interests

  • auditory and movement neuroscience
  • human electrophysiology - neuroimaging
  • rhythm processing and neural entrainment
  • application of experimental methods to clinical evaluation and rehabilitation

Qualifications and Honours

  • 2016     ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), MARCS Institute, WSU
  • 2013     PhD in Neuroscience, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium – Institute of Neuroscience (IONS)
  • 2013     PhD in Neuroscience, Université de Montréal (UdeM), Canada – BRAMS Laboratory – with highest honours
  • 2009     Doctor in medicine (MD), orientation Neurology, UCL, Faculty of Medicine, Belgium
  • 2005     M. A. and B. A. in music performance (piano), composition and music theory. Royal Superior Conservatory of
  •                Music of Brussels (CRB), Belgium. First prize in music theory, written harmony, music history, chamber music and piano.

Contact Sylvie

Phone+61 2 9772 6816
LocationUWS Bankstown (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)