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MIMM Conference - Student Press Releases Print E-mail
Three recent press releases on the 2014 MIMM Conference Poster Session:
Bouncing to music can help babies bond, become more cooperative Print E-mail

A. Pawlowski, TODAY Parents, NBC (November 2014)

Babies enjoying a little “Twist and Shout” have some important lessons to share about bonding and the power of music.
Those who were bounced to a melody while also watching a stranger move in sync to the same beat were much more helpful to that stranger afterwards than to adults who were out of sync or didn’t move at all, according to a study published Monday in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.




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Dance It Out Print E-mail

Katharine Gammon, Scientific American (October 2014)

New lab opens to investigate the vibe between dancers, musicians and audience members.


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High-tech venue opens in Hamilton: this is your brain on music … Print E-mail

Graham Rockingham, The Hamilton Spectator (September 2014)

Mac’s LIVElab welcomes the public for a test drive.

McMaster University is now home to one of the most-sophisticated, high-tech concert venues in the world. As a matter of fact, the new LIVElab at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), maybe one of the finest listening rooms in the world.


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Interactive lab explores music’s scientific potential Print E-mail

Ivan Semeniuk, The Globe and Mail (September 2014)

Before the iPod, the Sony Walkman or the home stereo system, music was something people made and experienced with other people.
The universal nature of music-making, which occurs in every culture throughout the ages, suggests evolution may have wired us for it, and that the survival benefit it confers has something to do with the way social groups cohere. But such ideas are speculative and the social dimension of music remains largely unexplored.


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$8m interactive lab at Mac tunes into musical mysteries Print E-mail

The Hamilton Spectator (April, 2014)

The first research will soon begin at the $8-million McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind's LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab.

The LIVE Lab will study the neuroscience behind how performers interact, what moves audiences during performances and the social and emotional effects of the experience.

Audiences will be immersed in a 3D auditory experience in which their reactions are biometrically measured.

"Music is really a group activity," said Dan Bosnyak, the technical director of LIVE Lab. "The audience is a major component of that, but no one has really studied it before."


McMaster's Live Lab: A Spectacular Breakthrough In Brain Research For Music and Sound Print E-mail

Glen Brown, Great Hamilton Musician (September 2014)

"... this new LiveLab is such a wonderful enhancement to our passion for music and the attendant opportunities for brain understanding." ~ Judy Marsales

Afiara String Quartet Performs First-Ever Concert At McMaster University's Groundbreaking LIVELab


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The Emotional Baby: How Infants Respond to Music Print E-mail

Dr. Laurel Trainor, National Geographic Magazine (November, 2013)



At last count, 25 million people had viewed a YouTube clip of an infant smiling tearfully while her mother sings a bittersweet Rod Stewart ballad. While that’s only anecdotal evidence of music’s power, science also suggests that music taps into something deep inside the human brain even before we can talk.

To learn more about how babies respond to music, National Geographic interviewed Dr. Laurel Trainor, Director of McMaster University’s Institute for Music and the Mind in Hamilton, Ontario.

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Why Music Education is Good for Our Children: Guest Post by McMaster University’s Laurel Trainor Print E-mail

Enable Education (March, 2014)



Laurel Trainor discusses ways in which the study of music can benefit a child's brain, even at a very early age.

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