Housed within the School of the Arts at McMaster University
The MAPLE lab is the world’s first music cognition lab with a percussion focus. Drawing upon the diverse skills of our interdisciplinary team, we conduct federally funded research in a state-of-the-art facility designed specifically for our work, presenting our findings regularly at national and international conferences.Read More
Learn more about our research by viewing video demonstrations, reading about our conference presentations, and downloading our peer-reviewed publications. Instructors – find demonstrations supplementing discussion of our work in textbooks such as Psychology of Music and Cognitive Psychology . . .Read More
MAPLE lab research has attracted over $1,000,000 in research funding from a combination three major tri-council grants, international funding for clinical applications of our basic research, competitive internal awards, and a significant private donation. This funding permits innovative training in a well-equipped environment devoted to research and discovery.Read More
Our 1200 square foot, CFI-funded research space is custom designed for the MAPLE Lab. This facility includes a data collection room with two sound booths, large student work areas, and a flexible group meeting/ presentation space. A private donation facilitated renovations for an additional recording room/office containing our 5.0 octave marimba and vibraphone.Read More
US News & World Report, Fox News, ABC, e! ScienceNews, NewsBlaze, Healthfinder.gov – listen to radio coverage in major mainstream outlets like Rita Celli’s Ontario Today , or read feature stories at www.HearingLab.org and on Edward Willette’s World of Science. View TV segments featuring our research, and more . . .Read More
Dr. Schutz is the founding director of the MAPLE Lab – one of a handful of externally funded music cognition labs housed within a music department. Drawing on his multifaceted background in percussion, psychology and computer science he now leads an interdisciplinary team of trainees and serves as a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.Read More
The MAPLE lab conducts empirical research that examines the psychological roots of the musical experience. We investigate musically-inspired questions such as how a performer’s body movements affect the way audiences “hear” music, why “moving-to-the-beat” improves the auditory experience, and how composers and performers communicate emotional meaning. Through this work we aim to contribute to issues of broad relevance to auditory perception and cognition: assessing theoretical frameworks of audio-visual integration, exploring sensorimotor interactions, and investigating parallels in the communication of emotion in language and music. Consequently, we are invested not only in contributing to core issues in music cognition, but also applying our findings to a broad range of topics in cognitive psychology, music pedagogy, cognitive neuroscience, and auditory perception.
Welcome to the Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning lab. We are housed within the School of the Arts at Master University, and affiliated with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. Our lab is dedicated to examining the psychological basis of the musical experience, with research projects exploring the role of visual information in music, musical timbre, the communication of affect in language and music, and general questions surrounding music perception and cognition.