People‎ > ‎

About Nick Foster


Nick completed his PhD at the Montreal Neurological Institute with Dr. Robert Zatorre. Using structural and functional MRI, he studied the brain correlates of melodic pitch processing following long-term musical training. Nick is currently a post-doc in the ABCD lab and is studying the developmental aspects of basic pitch and time processing in typical development and in autism using structural and functional MRI.

Publication Highlights

Ouimet, T., Foster, N. E., & Hyde, K. L. Auditory global-local processing: Effects of attention and musical experience. (in press). Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Ouimet, T., Foster, N. E., Tryfon, A., & Hyde, K. L.  Auditory-musical pitch processing in autism spectrum disorders: a review of behavioral and brain imaging studies.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2012 Apr; 1252: 325-31.

Foster, N.E.V., Mottron, L., Samson, F., Hyde, K.L. Auditory cortical structure is related to enhanced pitch processing in autism spectrum disorder.  Oral and poster presentation at 17th Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 26-30, 2011, Quebec, Canada.

Foster NE, Zatorre RJ. Cortical structure predicts success in performing musical transformation judgments. Neuroimage. 2010 Oct 15; 53(1): 26-36.

Foster NE, Zatorre RJ. A role for the intraparietal sulcus in transforming musical pitch information. Cerebral Cortex. 2010 Jun; 20(6): 1350-9.