Dr. Schutz will be speaking on the colloquium series at the University of Toronto (Faculty of Music). This colloquium series is run by Dr. Michael Thaut as part of the new graduate program in Music and Health Studies.
The talk will discuss a range of the lab’s percussion-focused research, touching on practical applications for performing musicians, implications for psychological theory, connections with clinical treatments, and future studies applying our basic research to improving auditory alarms in medical devices.
Where: Edward Johnson Music Building, room 217
When: Thur, Oct 19th (3.15-4.45pm)
Who: The talk is free and open to the public
Seeing Music: Translating research on music perception to clinical contexts
Why do we buy concert tickets when the same sounds can be heard more cheaply and comfortably within our own homes? Why do popular music concerts include elaborate lighting and staging effects for what is ostensibly an auditory event? Why can’t orchestral musicians wear t-shirts and flip-flops? Clearly, visual information can play a significant role in the experience of music, but how and why does this happen? My talk will explore this issue through the context of a musical illusion in which musicians use visible gestures to change the way music “sounds.” Some expert performers capitalize on the fact that although these gestures have no acoustic consequences, they are crucial in shaping the way in which audiences perceive performances. This illusion raises interesting philosophical questions about what music “is” and how it is best experienced. It has also led to a surprising range of recent discoveries raising new questions about issues ranging from refining our understanding of sensory integration dysfunction in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to improving the design of auditory alarms in medical devices – an industry valuated by Industry Canada at $6 billion annually.
San Diego, CA
From July 30th to August 3rd, several members of the MAPLE Lab went to San Diego, California to present talks and posters at the 2017 Society for Music Perception and Cognition Meeting.
Aimee Battcock presented a talk titled, “The importance of musical structure in listener perception of emotion.”
Anna Siminoski presented a talk titled, “Ancillary gestures as tools for inter-performer communication.”
Noah Little presented two posters which are titled, “Shared musical experiences and altruistic behaviour: An exploratory study” and, “Exploring the positive benefits of festival attendance for adolescent development.”
Dr. Schutz presented a talk titled, “A comprehensive survey of auditory perception stimuli.”
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!
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Last week the MAPLE Lab headed to Niagara Falls to the 46th annual Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference. Noah Little, Anna Siminoski, Erica Huynh, and Maxwell Ng all presented posters showcasing their recent research findings. Their topics ranged from musician interactions to pro-social benefits of music to new tools for music cognition research.
Click here for more information about the LOVE Conference.
Here are some photos of us at the LOVE Conference!
The MAPLE Lab is psyched to get back into the swing of things this semester. We are also happy to welcome our new team of student research assistants to the lab. The hard work of all of our research assistants is essential to the success of the lab. You can find out more about them on our people page.
This year promises to be exciting and productive with many new projects, publications, and events already underway. Stay tuned to our news and events page to keep up with all of our updates.