Rhythm and emotional piano projects featured at ICMPC and ESCOM!

Thessaloniki, Greece

Fiona Manning and Matthew Poon were invited to present posters at the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) and 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece, July 23-28, 2012.  Their posters were titled:
  • Using body movement as a surrogate for timing throughout silence (Manning) which highlights differences in timing abilites when tapping vs. not tapping during silent beats.
  • Exploring changes in the use of acoustic cues for emotion between the Classical and Romantic eras (Poon) which demonstrates differences in the way composers used pitch height and articulation rate to communicate emotion between eras.

Matthew Poon is awarded a second Undergraduate Student Research Award

NSERC  Piano major and MAPLE Lab student Matthew Poon received an Undergraduate Student Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to cover sixteen weeks of full-time research in the summer of 2012 ($5,625). He used this award to continue his research on the differences in pitch height, dynamics and articulation rate of major and minor pre-composed musical pieces from across different time periods.  For more information about this project see here.


“What the beep? Why Digital Sounds Are So Annoying” features lab work on amplitude envelope

Life’s Little Mysteries writer Anthony McGovern wrote a story exploring why the sounds frequently used in electronic devices (i.e. alarm clocks, microwave ovens, etc) are so annoying, and ways to improve their use in the future.  The article featured some of our research (done in conjunction with collaborator Dr. Jeanine Stefanucci) demonstrating that products using percussive tones are more desirable than similar products using the traditional artificial-sounding “beeps” frequently employed.  For a quick overview of amplitude envelope, see here


Hearing Lab featured MAPLE Lab audio-visual research as “Top Story” in February debut issue.

Our audio-visual integration research was the “top story” on Nedra Floyd-Pautler’s Hearing Lab.  The article highlighted projects with international collaborators pursuing clinical applications and implications of our findings.  The article drew on research covered in several of our papers to give a plain-language accessible overview, representing the most in-depth coverage to date on clinical implications of our work.  The article also included supplemental information on Asperger’s and autism spectrum disorder.  Additionally, it featured screen shots and discussion of our “virtual marimbist” animation software. Read an archived PDF of the article here.