media coverage



On March 23, 2021, McMaster’s division of the TedX speaker series released Dr. Schutz’s talk on the current state of alarms in medical devices/environments. 

For more specific information visit the page dedicated to this talk, which was also covered by our local news.

If you are interested in more reading relating to the auditory alarms project please visit the projects summary page or read some of our related publications.

On December 1, 2016, CBC aired a new episode of The Nature of Things, “I Got Rhythm: The Science of Song.”  The show featured several researchers discussing different aspects of music’s ubiquity.  

The program featured lab work on cues for emotion, as well as performance demonstrations related to our “Happy Xylophone” project. Click the video on the right to watch the full episode.  

For more information on these projects visit our summary page or download related publications.


In July 2021, Dr. Schutz sat down with Chris Glover, former MPP for the Spadina-Fort York riding on his show Tech Talks to discuss the curent state of medical alarms. Dr. Schutz and Chris Glover also talked about the research the MAPLE Lab is conducting to remedy the problems surrounding medical alarm annoyance. 

Two separate television broadcasts focused on MAPLE Lab research during the week of Jan 3rd-9th, 2010.

Live interview with Annette Hamm on the CHCH morning news Special segment by Mark Vituska featuring a live demonstration


The Quirks Question Roadshow featured Dr. Schutz on discussing why major scales sound “right.” CBC’s Bob McDonald talks with researchers to answer questions from the show’s listeners. The taping took place at the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Ontario on June 4th, and air on June 6th.


Michael Schutz appeared on Rita Celli’s popular Ontario Today broadcast from 12-1pm (Eastern Standard Time) on April 22nd, 2010. He discussed Maple Lab research, played some marimba, and answered music cognition related questions from listeners. Click on the audio player below to listen to an archive of the broadcast.


The Scientific Case for Live Music Writer Edward Willett then based his weekly science column on McMaster’s Jan 4th press release in a segment titled The Scientific Case for Live Music. To hear this column, click on the audio player below:

Edward’s column is also available in written form on his website at

This work was also discussed on a number of different forums, including The Womb,,, DIY Audio, and several other sources.


On Oct 19th Kathy Hyde of 94.7 FM covered some of our research on “tapping to hear” showing that moving to the beat actually helps us to hear music better:


Our work has been featured in the following media outlets (click to link to the coverage)




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