Alexandre Celma

I was born in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, but I grew up in Castellvell del Camp. I studied a Bachelor of Science in high school (Reus, 2007) along with a professional music degree (Vila-seca de Solcina, 2010). I was interested in linguistics, so I decided to do Catalan Philology at URV (2007-2012, Tarragona). At the same time, I taught violin and music theory in Masroig. I also spent one year as an Erasmus student in Lyon, France. In 2012 I moved to Barcelona to do a Master's degree in Cognitive Science and Language, which allowed me to discover Biolinguistics. Thanks to a grant from AGAUR I worked for two years in the UB's Linguistics department, which also gave me the opportunity to collaborate with Joana Rosselló and Wolfram Hinzen at the Grammar and Cognition Lab. I am currently doing a second master in the Brain and Cognition program at the UPF to investigate the relationship between music and language with Juan Manuel Toro.

My research framework falls within Biolinguistics and Biomusicology, linking hypotheses and experimental findings from different disciplines to build a better explanation of our cognition compared to animals'. My thesis deals with the time structure of music (and even dance), that is, how our brain processes beat and meter, and how it relates to biological restrictions, possibly shared with other animals. My experiment will look at these two elements beyond the auditory modality. In the future my inquiry could also be extended to the effects of grammar on music and how it leads to the human-specific structure of music based on harmonic relations.

Apart from my academic life, I am also a musician, and I love playing the violin in the social environment of a warm orchestra and discovering the amazing sounds of the accordion and the ukulele. Running, painting and reading (even on Quantum Physics), are other of my hobbies, and I will never refuse some chatting with a cold beer. Finally, because I share part of the spirit (and some research goals) with Darwin's work on natural sciences, I’m glad to quote one of his lucid revelations: "False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness."