Bjørn Petersen

Bjørn Petersen

Bjørn Petersen is an associate professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus and a professional bass player. His research is focused on music perception, brain plasticity , music enjoyment and quality of life in individuals who have received a cochlear implant (CI). He has completed several studies with the purpose of examining the potential benefit of musical ear training as a way of enhancing music discrimination with a CI – involving adults, adolescents and children with CIs. His studies involve behavioral measurements as well as neuroimaging methods such as PET and EEG.
You find his PhD-thesis and his articles here.

Besides his CI research, Bjørn has specialized in Music Technology and implementation of multi-modal media in music teaching. A summary of one of his projects can be found here (in Danish).


  • Cortical Plasticity after Cochlear Implantation; B. Petersen, M. Wallentin, A. Gjedde, P. Vuust (Neural Plasticity, 2013)
  • Singing in the key of life- musical ear training with cochlear implants; B. Petersen, R.H. Hansen, M.V. Mortensen, P. Vuust (Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 2012)
  • Music for Little Digital Ears –music training and testing in preschool children with cochlear implants; B. Petersen, R.H. Hansen, K. Beyer, M.V. Mortensen, P. Vuust (International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology, 2009)
  • Reestablishing Speech Understanding through Musical Ear Training after Cochlear Implantation – a Study of the Potential Cortical Plasticity in the Brain; B. Petersen, M.V. Mortensen, Gjedde, A., Vuust, P. (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 2008)

Selected oral and poster presentations

  • November, 2013 5th annual meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, San Diego
  • September, 2013, Danish Society for Clinical Neurophysiology
  • August, 2013 International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research (ISAAR), Nyborg
  • May, 2013 XXVII Sandbjerg Symposium, Danish Society for Neuroscience
  • March, 2013 Swedish Technical Audiological Union – Conference, Falun, March 13-15, 2013
  • March, 2013 Annual meeting, dept. of Audiology, Bispebjerg Hospital, March 7th, 2013
  • October, 2012 Brain Prize Meeting, Hindsgavl Castle
  • September, 2012 DTAS (Danish Association of Technical Audiology), Annual Convention, Vejle
  • December, 2011 Julius Bomholt-seminar, the Research Committee of the Danish Ministry of Culture, Nationalmuseets Festsal
  • July, 2011 13th Symposium on Cochlear Implants in Children, Chicago
  • June, 2011 The Neurosciences and Music IV, Edinburg
  • May, 2011 10th European Symposium on Pediatric Cochlear Implantation, Athens
  • July, 2010 11th International Conference on Cochlear Implants and other Implantable Auditory Technologies, Stockholm
  • August, 2009 International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition 11, Seattle
  • September, 2009 Nordic Technician Conference, Ebeltof
  • August, 2009 3rd Intl. Conference on Auditory Cortex, Magdeburg


  • 2012 Twelve months grant from the Danish Ministry of Culture for research on musical ear training program and an online test platform for cochlear implanted school children

Reviewing duties

  • 2011-International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology- ad-hoc reviewer
  • 2014-FRONTIERS in Human Neuroscience

Committee membership

  • 2013, appointed member of the Minister of Cultures research Vision Panel