media coverage


On February 27, 2023, Global News Toronto interviewed Michael Schutz, Liam Foley, Joseph Schlesinger, and members of the MAPLE Lab about how to improve medical devices in hospital settings.

For more specific information, visit the Global News article here.

If you are interested in more reading, visit our BJA Article, along with press releases from CTV News and EurekAlert!


On March 23, 2021, McMaster’s division of the TedX speaker series released Dr. Schutz’s talk on the current state of alarms in medical devices/environments. 

For more specific information visit the page dedicated to this talk, which was also covered by our local news.

If you are interested in more reading relating to the auditory alarms project please visit the projects summary page or read some of our related publications.

On December 1, 2016, CBC aired a new episode of The Nature of Things, “I Got Rhythm: The Science of Song.”  The show featured several researchers discussing different aspects of music’s ubiquity.  

The program featured lab work on cues for emotion, as well as performance demonstrations related to our “Happy Xylophone” project. Click the video on the right to watch the full episode.  

For more information on these projects visit our summary page or download related publications.



In July 2021, Dr. Schutz sat down with Chris Glover, former MPP for the Spadina-Fort York riding on his show Tech Talks to discuss the curent state of medical alarms. Dr. Schutz and Chris Glover also talked about the research the MAPLE Lab is conducting to remedy the problems surrounding medical alarm annoyance. 

In the fall of 2021, Dr. Schutz sat down with Jodi Krangle, voice actor and podcaster, on her show Audio Branding to discuss the connection between music and psychology. Dr. Schutz and Jodi Krangle also talked about the research the MAPLE Lab is conducting on the relationship between music and emotion and to improve alarms in healthcare settings.

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Two separate television broadcasts focused on MAPLE Lab research during the week of Jan 3rd-9th, 2010.

Live interview with Annette Hamm on the CHCH morning news Special segment by Mark Vituska featuring a live demonstration


Dr. Schutz appeared on CBC’s Metro Morning with David Common on March 11 to discuss issues with medical alarms and how our current research addresses these problems.

Up North with Jonathan Pinto featured Dr. Schutz to discuss his alarms research published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia on March 3rd, 2023.

The Kelly Cutrara Show featured Joseph Schlesinger to discuss his recent alarms work with Dr. Schutz on February 22, 2023. 


Quirks and Quarks with Bob McDonald featured Dr. Schutz on how the lab’s research is working to improve alarm sounds in hospital settings and how this work can save lives on March 12, 2022.

Dr. Schutz was previously featured on the show discussing why major scales sound “right.” CBC’s Bob McDonald talks with researchers to answer questions from the show’s listeners. The taping took place at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on June 4th 2015, and air on June 6th, 2015.

Michael Schutz appeared on Rita Celli’s popular Ontario Today broadcast from 12-1pm EST on April 22nd, 2010. He discussed MAPLE Lab research, played some marimba, and answered music cognition related questions from listeners.

The Scientific Case for Live Music Writer Edward Willett then based his weekly science column on McMaster’s Jan 4th press release in a segment titled The Scientific Case for Live Music. To hear this column, click on the audio player below:

Edward’s column is also available in written form on his website at

This work was also discussed on a number of different forums, including The Womb,,, DIY Audio, and several other sources.

On Oct 19th Kathy Hyde of 94.7 FM covered some of our research on “tapping to hear” showing that moving to the beat actually helps us to hear music better:


Our work has been featured in the following media outlets (click to link to the coverage)


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