- Lead Scientist – Centre for Brain Fitness, Rotman Research Institute
- Assistant Professor – Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
- Based on over 10 years of research, I have developed and patented an interactive musical training software which has been scientifically proven to significantly increase cognitive functioning in healthy individuals.
- We ran one of the first longitudinal music training intervention studies for older adults which included an active control group. After only three months of training, participants showed cognitive improvements at both neural and behavioural levels. This training is currently being developed into a software training program to facilitate widespread distribution.
- Early-career researcher who has established an h-index of 11 with over 700 citations.
- RESEARCH GRANTS
2012-2014: $9 000 000 The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and Industry Partner (FedDev Ontario), Cognitively positive games for kids. (PI: S. Moreno).
- 2013-2014: $75 000 Centre for Stroke Recovery Trainee Award, Examining the benefits of the spacing effect to memory rehabilitation and neural organization in stroke patients. (PI: S. Rosenbaum; Trainee: A. Kim; Collaborator: S. Moreno).
- 2013-2014: $238 640 National Institute of Health (NIH), Cognitive and Language Development Bilingual Children. (PI: E. Bialystok; Collaborator: S. Moreno).
- 2013-2014: $74 800 Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), Smart Aging Brain Training. (PI: S. Moreno).
- 2011-2012: $49 900 Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Grant, Effects of normal aging on brain networks over the time course of working memory processing: a simultaneous EEG/fMRI study. (PI: E. Bialystok; Collaborator: S. Moreno).
FIVE MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS:
- Moreno, S. & Bidelman, G. M. (In press). Examining neural plasticity and cognitive benefit through the unique lens of musical training. Hearing Research.
- Bidelman, G. M., Hutka, S., & Moreno, S. (2013). Tone language speakers and musicians share enhanced perceptual and cognitive abilities for musical pitch: Evidence for bidirectionality between the domains of language and music. PLOS ONE 8(4): e60676.
- Moreno, S., Bialystok, E., Barac, R., Schellenberg, E. G., Cepeda, N. J., & Chau, T. (2011). Short-term music training enhances verbal intelligence and executive function. Psychological science, 22(11), 1425 -1433.
- Moreno, S. (2009). WO Patent No. 2,012,142,691. World Intellectual Property Organization. “System and method for providing music based cognitive skills development.”
- Moreno, S., Marques, C., Santos, A., Santos, M., & Besson, M. (2009). Musical training influences linguistic abilities in 8-year-old children: more evidence for brain plasticity. Cerebral Cortex, 19(3), 712-723.