sharmila sreetharan

Sharmila is a MSc student in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience at Brock University. Previously, during her undergraduate degree, she studied axillary perspiratory and salivary steroid hormones released across the female menstrual cycle. Sharmila’s current research is on the improving auditory alarms on a variety of acoustic parameters. Specifically, she will be investigating the role of amplitude modulation on reducing auditory alarm confusion errors in the medical settings.


Awards and Recognitions

SEMPRE Conference Award (2018). € 245

GSA Travel Grant (2018). $500

Dean’s List, Brock University (2014, 2016-2017).

Dr. Cora M Briant Bursary for Women (2015-2017). $3,474

Brock University Scholars Awards (2013-2014, 2016). $1,650

Inquiring Minds, Match of Minds Award (2015).  $4,500


Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. (2019). Improving Human–Computer Interface Design through Application of Basic Research on Audiovisual Integration and Amplitude Envelope. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 3, 4.

Sreetharan S., Schlesinger, J., & Schutz, M. (2018). Designing Effective Auditory Interfaces: Exploring the Role of Amplitude Envelope. In Parncutt, R., & Sattmann, S. (Eds.), Proceedings of ICMPC15/ESCOM10. Graz, Austria: Centre for Systematic Musicology, University of Graz, (pp. 426-431).

Conference Presentations

February 2019. Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference.  Niagara Falls, ON.

Anderson, C.*, Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. Making Musical Medical Alarms: Examining Melodic Alarm Recognition Accuracy Across Contrasting Timbres 

Benjamin, R.*, Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. Examining the Effects of Amplitude Envelope on Alarm Recognition During Tasks of Varying Cognitive Loads 

December 2018. McMaster PNB Graduate Research Conference. Hamilton, ON.

Sreetharan, S.*, & Schutz, M. Reducing Auditory Alarm Annoyance through Amplitude Envelope Manipulation

November 2018. Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Sreetharan, S.*, Schlesinger, J., & Schutz, M. Amplitude Envelope Manipulation: A Cost-Efficient Solution for Auditory Alarm Annoyance Reduction.

November 2018. McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind – NeuroMusic Conference. Hamilton, ON 

Anderson, C.*, Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. Exploring the effect of timbre on melodic alarm recognition

Benjamin, R.*, Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. Examining the effects of amplitude envelope on alarm recognition in an audio-visual delayed matching-to-sample task

August 2018. International Ergonomics Association. Florence, Italy

Schlesinger, J.*, Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. Reducing Alarm Annoyance – Utilizing the Amplitude Envelope

July 2018. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Montreal, QC. 

Sreetharan, S.*, Schlesinger, J., & Schutz, M. Designing Effective Auditory Interfaces: Exploring the Role of Amplitude Envelope

February 2018. Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference.  Niagara Falls, ON.

Sreetharan, S.*, Schlesinger, J., & Schutz, M. Reducing Annoyance in the ICU through the Structuring of Better Alarms

May 2017. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Meeting. St. Catharines, ON.

Muir, C., Sreetharan, S.*, Lee, J.-A., Mannaga, S., & Nour, H. Comparison of Salivary and Axillary Perspiratory Testosterone, Cortisol, and Estradiol Levels Across the Female Menstrual Cycle.

*presenting author