Dr. Evangelos Paraskevopoulos

Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignalanalysis
Malmedyweg 15
D-48149 MünsterEvangelos-paraskevopoulos

Phone: +49 (0) 251/83 57957

E-mail: paraskev@uni-muenster.de

PhD in 2013

Research Project

Effects of musical training on perception and processing in the auditory cortex

During the last years music has increasingly been used as a tool for the investigation of human cognition and its underlying brain mechanisms. Music relates to many brain functions like perception, action, cognition, emotion, learning and memory and therefore music is an ideal tool to investigate how the human brain is working and how different brain functions interact.
This project aims at investigating short- and long-term effects of musical training on neuronal processing in human auditory cortex, targeting in particular higher-order processing of complex tone sequences. Specifically, a series of experiments are being conducted using magnetoencephalography (MEG) to measure the neurophysiological responses to oddball paradigms related with uni- and multisensory processing of music. Higher cognitive processes like mental imagery and statistical learning are being studied with musical material. Musical material is especially suited to study such processes as musical tones do not carry any meaning and thus confounding effects of strategies based on previous associations or meanings as with words, letters or environmental sounds are less likely

PhD Committee

Prof. Dr. C. Pantev (Supervisor)
Prof. Dr. M. Lappe
Prof. Dr. P. Zwitserlood


Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Kuchenbuch, A., Herholz, S., Pantev, C., (2012). Evidence for training-induced plasticity in multisensory brain structures: an MEG study. PlosOne, 7(5): e36534. doi:10.1371/journal.psone.0036534.

Kuchenbuch, A., Paraskevopoulos, E., Herholz, S., Pantev, C., (2012). Electromagnetic correlates of musical expertise in processing of tone patterns. PlosOne, 7(1): e30171. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030171

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Kuchenbuch, A., Herholz, S., Pantev, C., (2011). Statistical learning effects in musicians and non-musicians: an MEG study. Neuropsychologia, 50:341–349. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.12.007

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Tsapkini, Κ. & Peretz, I., (2010). Cultural aspects of music perception: Validation of a Greek version of the Montreal Battery of Evaluation of Amusias. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16 (04), 695-704.

Christidis, D., A. & Paraskevopoulos E., (2007). The effect of consonant and dissonant intervals on human psychophysiology. In Masoura, and Kordoutis (Eds), Scientific annals of the Department of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, (7), 387 – 411. Thessaloniki, Auth publication department/Art of text.

Conference Contributions

Paraskevopoulos, E.. The Role of Basal Ganglia in Speech Perception and Production.
Oral Presentation at the 4th Panhellenic Congress of Alzheimer Disease, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2005. (Originally in Greek)

Simos G., Paraskevopoulos E., Atrash W. & Pita R.
The influence of perceived parental behaviours on enduring cognitive styles: What can we learn?
Poster presented at the 35th Congress of The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2005.

Giaglis, G., Peltekis, A., Pornari, C., Paraskevopoulos, E., Mantziava, K., Eleftheriou, M., Giapoutzidou, F. & Atrash, U.
Greek adaptation of the Short Questionaire of Emotional Intelligence.
Oral Presentation at the 10th Panhellenic Congress of Psychological Research., Ioannina, Greece, 2005. (Originally in Greek)

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Tsapkini, Κ., Peretz, I.
Cultural aspects of music perception.
Poster presented at the 9th congress on Music Perception and Cognition, Bologna, Italy, 2006.

Kosmidou, M., Zerboudakis, E., Foroglou, N., Paraskevopoulos, E., Seliviaridis, P.
The Role of Executive Functions in Memory.
Oral Presentation at the 20th Panhellenic Neurosurgery Congress, Porto Caras, Greece, 2006. (Originally in Greek)

Paraskevopoulos, E.
Disorders of Music Perception and Musicians: Short Review and Diagnosis.
Oral Presentation at the 2nd International Congress of Musicians Medicine, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2008. (Originally in Greek)

Paraskevopoulos, Ε.
, Tsapkini, Κ. & Peretz, I.
Cultural aspects of music perception: Validation of a Greek version of the Montreal Battery of Evaluation of Amusias.
Oral Presentation at the 11th congress on Music Perception and Cognition, Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2009.

Paraskevopoulos, Ε., Kuchenbuch, A., Herholz, S. & Pantev, C.
Music training effects on statistical learning of melodies: an MEG study.
Poster Presentation at the Lifelong learning conference, Tübingen, Germany, 2010.