Thesis Students Present at NeuroMusic Conference

On November 10th 2018, all four of the MAPLE Lab’s senior honours thesis students presented their research at the 14th Annual Neuromusic Conference  “Music and Multimedia: From Song to Sonification.” 

(From left to right: Isabella LaMantia, Nic Ballarin, Cam Anderson, Rebecca Benjamin)

This year at NeuroMusic, Isabella presented a poster about her thesis “Personality and Perceived Musical Emotion,” Nic presented about his thesis “The effect of music listening on implicit racial attitudes,” Cam presented about his thesis entitled “Exploring the Effect of Timbre on Melodic Alarm Recognition,” and Rebecca presented about her thesis “Examining the effects of amplitude envelope on alarm recognition in an audio-visual delayed matching-to-sample task.” Well done, thesis students! 

Sharmila and Aimee receive travel grants from SEMPRE

    Aimee and Sharmila each received travel grants valued at €245 (CAD $370) from the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE). This grant will go towards their travel and accommodation at the 15th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) in Montreal. The conference will take place this July and both students will be presenting their research findings. Congratulations, Aimee and Sharmila!  


Undergraduate thesis poster session 2018

Hamilton, ON

Our thesis students did an amazing job showcasing their research at McMaster’s Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour undergraduate thesis poster session on Tuesday, March 27th! Great work, Carmen and Joyce.

Carmen Dang – Surveying amplitude envelope: A novel data visualization
Joyce Chan – Bach into exploring timing in musical emotion



Carmen is accepted into Ryerson University’s SMART Lab

  Congratulations to our talented and accomplished thesis student, Carmen Dang, for getting accepted into Ryerson University’s SMART Lab. The SMART Lab is directed by a close collaborator of our lab, Dr. Frank Russo, under whose supervision Carmen will be completing a Master of Arts in Psychology with a project focused on facial mimicry. Best wishes for a new chapter ahead, Carmen!    

Students present their findings at LOVE Conference 2018

Niagara Falls, ON

On February 8th and 9th, the MAPLE Lab attended the 47th annual Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment (LOVE) Conference. Two members of our lab presented posters showcasing their work:

  • Joyce Chan presented a poster on the impact of timing on subjective ratings of musical emotion
  • Sharmila Sreetharan presented a poster on her recent findings regarding the use of amplitude envelope on auditory alarms

Maxwell and Joyce present at NeuroMusic

Hamilton, ON


On November 18th, Maxwell and Joyce will be presenting their posters at the NeuroMusic Conference held at McMaster University. 

Maxwell’s poster is titled “MAESTRO: A new tool for sound synthesis and observation” based on the auditory software he worked on over the summer.  Joyce is presenting “The impact of timing on musical emotion”. Her study investigates how performer manipulations of tempo affect listener perception of conveyed emotion. 

Maxwell Ng debuts MAESTRO software at NSERC student conference

Hamilton, ON

On October 25th, Maxwell Ng presented a poster titled “MAESTRO: A new tool for sound synthesis and observation” at McMaster University based on his work as an NSERC USRA student over the summer of 2017. MAESTRO stands for MAPLE Lab Auditory Exploration Suite for Teaching, Research, and Observation and it aims to provide students and researchers with an opportunity to create and manipulate sounds. 

If you are interested in using this software, simply visit our pedagogy page for instructions on installing and using this valuable tool.

  Maxwell with his NSERC poster



Aimee Battcock Receives the Harvey E. Longboat Award

Graduate student Aimee Battcock secured funding from the Harvey E. Longboat Graduate Scholarship for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Students for her work on studying the perception of emotion in music.  This award strives to recognize and acknowledge the academic achievement and exceptional promise of indigenous graduate students at McMaster University.  Congratulations Aimee!