noah little



Noah is a PhD student in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour. He completed his BA (Hons) in Kinesiology and Physical Activity at Wilfrid Laurier University. During his undergraduate degree, he was involved in the Group Dynamics and Physical Activity Research Group, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Eys.  Noah then attended Jyväskylä University in Finland (2014-2016) where he completed a Master’s in Music, Mind, and Technology. His thesis explored the lived experience of attending music festivals by first time, and returning individuals.

Noah’s current research direction is on the pro-social behaviour of individuals during shared musical experiences (i.e., concerts, music festivals); and its role on altruism and spiritual outlook. A newly emerging field of research, musical gatherings are now being examined for their beneficial outcomes on their attendees. These events are a unique experience, where music provides a communal social glue among attendees, creating a strong but temporary positive bond among strangers. This research will aim at understanding the positive social attributes individuals are attaining from these events, and how it could act as a psychosocial enhancement to self-esteem, acceptance, and  identity. Additionally, we aim to explore the allurement of these musical events as a means of attaining face-to-face interaction, which is continuously declining because of current communication habits.  

Awards and Recognitions 


Jyväskylä University International Student Grant (2015-2016). 1500 Euros





October 2016. International conference of Health, Wellness, and Society. October 2016, Washington, USA.

Little, N., & Burger, B (2016). Perceived Social and Spiritual Benefits Attained from Music Festival Attendance.

July, 2016. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. San Francisco, CA.

Little, N., Burger, B. A journey to ecstasy: The lived experiences of electronic dance music festival attendees.  

June, 2016. International Conference of Students of Systematic. Jyväskylä, Finland.

Little, N., Burger, B. A journey to ecstasy: The lived experiences of electronic dance music festival attendees.  

March 2015. Eastern Canada Sport and Exercise Psychology Symposium. Toronto, Canada. 

Little, N., Eys, M. The effects of music genre preference on athletic performance.