Lorraine Chuen successfully defends her M.Sc. Thesis on the unity assumption

lorrainechuen portraitGraduate student Lorraine Chuen successfully defended her M.Sc. thesis, titled “Evaluating the influence of audiovisual unity in temporal binding of musical stimuli” and will now graduate with her Masters degree. She will soon be moving to Toronto to work at the MaRS Discovery District as a Studio [Y] Fellow.

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Society for Music Perception and Cognition Biennial Meeting showcases several new projects

Nashville, Tennesee

Aimee Battcock gave a talk about the communication of emotion in performances of JS Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier.

Lorraine Chuen previewed her M.Sc. thesis exploring the effects of audiovisual congruency on perceived synchrony of musical events.

Fiona Manning’s latest findings on the role of different effectors (finger vs. stick) in a sensorimotor integration task were presented as a talk.

Dr. Schutz debuted pilot results from a new study exploring dual-tapper synchronization Steve Reich’s Drumming, initiated by acclaimed percussionist Russell Hartenberger (NEXUS/University of Toronto)

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Dominique and Aimee received funding to support their research projects

Hamilton, Ontario

Dominique Beauregard Cazabon was awarded a $15,000 Master’s scholarship by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies.  Aimee Battcock successfully secured support from the NunatuKavut Skills and Development Bursary ($6000) to support her research on the perception of emotion in music.  Fiona Manning will be entering her second year of funding through SSHRC Bombardier CGS (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) program.

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Dominique presents preliminary research at Acoustical Society of America meeting

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvannia

ASA-Logo-Name-283x300DominiqueDominique Beauregard Cazabon presented a poster at the Acoustical Society of America’s spring meeting.  The poster was entitled “The effect of amplitude envelope on spatial ventriloquism” and presented results from a pilot study aiming to determine whether amplitude envelope affects the way we integrate audiovisual information in the spatial dimension.  This is the first step in a series of experiments aimed at exploring the role of temporal structure in the spatial localization of sounds.

“Movement Enhances Perceived Timing” paper published in Timing & Time Perception

TTP Timing and PerceptionFiona Manning published “Movement Enhances Perceived Timing in the Absence of Auditory Feedback” in Timing & Time Perception. This paper identifies the importance of auditory feedback as a cue for movement timing, which subsequently affects perceived timing of an external stimulus.  Additionally, it demonstrated that movement alone can improve timing perception, independent of the auditory feedback caused by this movement.  Click here to see a quick overview of this project.   Fiona_Manning


Fiona gives invited seminar talk at Waterloo’s Department of Kinesiology

Waterloo, Ontario

Kinesiology WaterlooFiona Manning presented a talk at the University of Waterloo Department of Kinesiology seminar series in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. This talk overviewed sensorimotor integration in rhythm perception, outlining Fiona’s work on enhanced perceptual benefits that are associated with synchronizing movement with external auditory stimuli.

MAPLE Lab at the LOVE Conference 2015

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Several members of the MAPLE Lab attended the Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment (LOVE) Conference in Niagara Falls, ON.

  • LOVE conferenceMotor effector’s tapping rate influences movement’s effect on timing perception (Tardif, Manning & Schutz)
  • Exploring timing coordination between percussionists in Steve Reich’s iconic Drumming (Schutz & Hartenberger)
  • Cueing Emotion:  comparing perceived emotion to piano work interpretations (Battcock & Schutz)


Jess Gillard becomes our first MSc graduate, accepts job offer as a researcher at St. Joesph’s Healthcare

Jess 2013 Jess’s thesis included an extensive coding of many properties of sounds used in the journals Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, as well as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. As part of this project she developed a significant amount of R code for use in visualizing the distribution of various properties.  Her thesis also included original perceptual experiments involving manipulations of amplitude envelope.  She is now applying her facility in data analytics to a new position as a research assistant at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, working on a survey of operational efficiency.  Congratulations Jess – we are excited for your future and look forward to building on the great work you’ve done the past few years.

Three presentations at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition

Seoul, South Korea

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Lab presentations cover three main project areas, including:

  • From score to stage: Exploring the relationship between music structure and emotional response (Martinez, Chuen, & Schutz).  This presentation is part of a symposium exploring empirical musicological approaches to the study of emotional communication in music, which will include presentations by David Huron, Lisa Margulis, Dan Shanahan and Leigh VanHandel.
  • A quantitative analysis of auditory stimuli: New results and insights (Gillard, & Schutz).  This talk summarizes new insights from the lab’s ongoing Survey of Sounds project exploring the types of sounds used in auditory research.  The talk will cover findings from three journals: Music Perception; Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; and Hearing Research.
  • Tapping through longer periods of silence improves perceived timing (Manning, & Schutz) discusses new findings regarding the role of metric structure in sensorimotor interactions.  This presentation extends Fiona’s research on the role of body movement in rhythm perception.