Matthew Poon wins NSERC USRA funding for music cognition research

Matthew Poon

Undergraduate student Matthew Poon received an Undergraduate Student Research Award from the faculty of Humanities to cover fifteen weeks of full-time research in the summer of 2011 ($6,000). He will use this award to continue his research on the differences in pitch height and articulation rate of major and minor precomposed musical pieces.  Click here for more information on this project.


MAPLE Lab research featured on Rita Celli’s popular Ontario Today program

During the 40 minute segment, Dr. Schutz discussed some of his music cognition research, played Bach’s Prelude in C minor from the Well Tempered Clavier, and answered questions from callers about music and the mind. You can listen to the program using the player below, or download it for off-line listening by “right clicking” the mouse on this link and choosing “save target as”.

NIH funds autism and audio-visual integration research with Dr. Laura Silverman

Sensory integration dysfunction causes challenges for many individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a condition affect many individuals around the world.  Dr. Silverman (University of Rochester) explores multi-sensory processing this population, and is interested in partnering with our lab to help better understand sensory processing.  We will apply our research on the “marimba illusion” to better understand deficits in audio-visual integration using biological movement – an important issue in clarifying the origin of processing deficits.  Dr. Silverman is the PI on the National Institutes of Health award, and Dr. Schutz will be consulting on aspects of the project related to our audio-visual integration research. Click here for more information. NIH

TV demonstration of “musical illusion” research

Hamilton Life visited the MAPLE lab to record a demonstration of the “musical illusion” in which percussionists’ gestures change the perception of their duration.  This segment ran on the 11 o’clock news, and discussed both the psychological principles behind the illusion as well as its practical musical applications.

For more information on this project, click here.

Arts Research Board funds proposed project “Are percussive sounds processed in a special manner?”

Participant-in-experiment-1024x602 This seed money provides computers, software, and high-end audiometric headphones to allow pilot studies to begin in our space.  This is a valuable first step towards building the lab, as it provides some basic infrastructure which will be used to acquire larger external awards to support the lab’s anticipated growth.  For more information see our ARB funding page listing each of the lab’s awards from this agency.