Krista L. HYDE, PhD (Principal Investigator)

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University

Research Scientist, Montreal Children’s Hospital, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center

Faculty Member, International Laboratory for Brain Music and Sound Research

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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Research overview



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Krista L. HYDE, PhD (Principal Investigator)


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Research overview  

Lab Mission

Welcome to ‘The Auditory Brain and Cognitive Development Laboratory’ (ABCD Lab). Our lab mission is to better understand the behavioral and brain correlates of human sound processing (such as music and speech) in both typical and atypical development, such as autism. Our multidisciplinary team includes researchers and trainees from the basic and applied sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, and clinical and developmental psychology. 


Current studies on the neuro- biological and developmental foundations of:


Populations studied:


Methods used:



Publications (select):

Articles published in peer-reviewed journals:


1.    Ouimet, T., Foster, N., Tryfon, A., Hyde., K.L.  (2012).  Auditory-musical pitch processing in autism spectrum disorders: a review of behavioral and brain imaging studies.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2012 Apr;1252(1):325-31.


2.    Zwaigenbaum, L., Scherer, S., Szatmari, P., Fombonne, E., Bryson, S.E.,_Hyde, K.L., et al.  (2011).   The NeuroDevNet autism spectrum disorders demonstration project. Seminars In Pediatric Neurology.  18(1):40-8.


3.    Hyde, K.L., Zatorre, R.J., & Peretz, I.  (2011).  Functional MRI evidence for abnormal neural integrity of the pitch processing network in congenital amusia. Cerebral Cortex, 21(2):292-9.


4.    Samson, F., Hyde, K.L., Bertone, A., Soulières, I., Mendrek, A., Ahad, P., Mottron, L. & Zeffiro, T.A.  Atypical resource allocation for processing complex non social sounds in verbal autistics and Asperger individuals.  Neuropsychologia.  2010 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print].


5.    Hyde, K.L., Samson, F., Evans, A.E, Mottron, L.  (2010).  Neuroanatomical differences in brain areas implicated in perceptual and other core features of autism revealed by cortical thickness analysis and voxel-based morphometry.  Human Brain Mapping, 31(4):556-66.

6.    Hyde, K.L., Lerch, J.P., Norton, A., Forgeard, M., Winner, E., Evans, A.C., Schlaug, G.  (2009).  The effects of musical training on structural brain development: a longitudinal study. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1169:182-6.

7.    Hyde, K.L., Lerch, J.P., Norton, A., Forgeard, M., Winner, E., Evans, A.C., Schlaug, G.  (2009).  Musical Training Shapes Structural Brain Development. Journal of Neuroscience, 29(10): 3019-25.


8.    Hyde, K.L., Peretz, I. & Zatorre, R.J.  (2008).  Evidence for the role of the right auditory cortex in fine pitch resolution. Neuropsychologia, 46(2): 632-639.


9.    Hyde, K.L., Lerch, J.P, Zatorre, R.J., Griffiths, T.D., Evans, A.C. & Peretz, I. (2007).  Cortical thickness in congenital amusia: when less is better than more.  Journal of Neuroscience, 27(47):13028-32.


10. Hyde, K.L., Zatorre, R., Griffiths, T.D., Lerch, J. P. & Peretz, I. (2006).   Morphometry of the amusic brain: a two-site study.   Brain, 129, 2562-2570.


11. Hyde, K.L., & Peretz, I.  (2004).  Brains that are out of tune but in time.  Psychological Science, 15(5), 356-60.

12. Hyde, K.L. & Peretz, I. (2003). ‘Out-of-pitch’ but still ‘in-time’: An auditory psychophysical study in congenital amusic adults.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 999, 173-6.


13. Peretz, I. & Hyde, K.L. (2003). What is specific to music processing? Insights from congenital amusia.  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 7(8), 362-367.


14. Peretz, I., Champod, A.S., & Hyde, K.L.  (2003).  Varieties of musical disorders: The Montreal battery of evaluation of amusia.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 999, 58-75.


15. Ayotte, J., Peretz, I. & Hyde, K.  (2002).  Congenital amusia: a group study of adults afflicted with a music-specific disorder.  Brain, 125, 238-251.



Proceedings, book chapters and contributions:



16. French, L, Bertone, A., Hyde, K.L., Fombonne, E.  (2013).  Epidemiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.  In "Neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorders" (Buxbaum, J.D. and Hof, P.R., Eds.). Academic Press, San Diego, In Press.


17. Hyde, K.L., & Peretz, I.  (2005).  Congenital amusia: Impaired musical pitch but intact musical time. In: Syka, J. and Merzenich, M. (Ed.).  Plasticity and signal representation in the auditory system.  (pp. 291-296).  New York, NY, US: Springer Publishing Co., 416 pp.


18. Racette, A., Hyde, K.L., & Peretz, I. (2004). The amusias. Polskie Forum Psychologiczne, 9(1), 26:38.



Dr. Hyde gratefully acknowledges funding support from:






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