The Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning lab

Housed within the School of the Arts at McMaster University


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.IMG_6109