LAUREL TRAINOR (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. She has done groundbreaking neuroscience research on musical development in children and infants and her research spans perceptual, cognitive, and social aspects of pitch and rhythm.
RAMESH BALASUBRAMANIAM (Kinesiology, McMaster) studies sensorimotor coordination, synchronization, timing and how auditory and motor information are integrated in the brain.
SUE BECKER (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies neural network models of hearing and has developed new intelligent sound processing algorithms for hearing aids.
DAN BOSNYAK (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster and Technical Director, LIVE Performance Lab) uses EEG to study neural plasticity in the human auditory system, and neural correlates of tinnitus and peripheral hearing loss.
STEVEN BROWN (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies the neural, cognitive and evolutionary foundations of the arts, including music, dance, and the dramatic and visual arts.
IAN BRUCE (Electrical Engineering, McMaster) has developed influential computational models of the human peripheral auditory system and applies them to hearing aid development and hearing in complex auditory environments.
DAVID EARN (Mathematics, McMaster) applies mathematical models to problems in epidemiology, ecology, and evolution. He is interested in modelling the mechanisms and evolution of pitch perception, and in mathematical approaches to music theory.
TAKAKO FUJIOKA(Music, Stanford University and the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital) studies how music is processed in the brain and the effects of musical training on brain development.
DAVID GERRY (School of the Arts, McMaster) is an internationally known expert in early music education and a teacher trainer for Suzuki flute methods.
VICKIE GALEA (School of Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster) is a dancer as well as a scientist. She studies motor behaviour in child patient populations using neurophysiological assessments, including motor control in relation to coordination with rhythmic sounds.
JESSICA GRAHN (Psychology, University of Western Ontario) studies music cognition, movement, rhythm and their neural correlates and applications to movement disorders.
GEOFFREY HALL(Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies cognitive neuroscience and musical processing in individuals with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
JENNIFER HEISZ (Kinesiology, McMaster) is interested in establishing neural biomarkers for early detection of neurodegenerative disorders, with the aims of developing screening protocols for the preclinical population and determining how lifestyle interventions such as exercise can be used for disease prevention.
JOSEPH KIM (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies pedagogy using cognitive and EEG measures to understand the ideal conditions for effective teaching and learning, as well as the effects of technology.
MARTIN VON MOHRENSCHILDT(Department of Computing and Software, Engineering, McMaster) studies control systems and runs experiments using motion simulation with an interestin interactions between auditory, visual and motion information.
DAVID OGBORN (Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster) creates and composes for electroacoustic instruments, and directs the McMaster Cybernetic Orchestra (the university's laptop orchestra).
PETER PFORDRESHER(Psychology, University at Buffalo, SUNY) researches many aspects of music perception including singing and sensorimotor issues in musical performance.
JIM REILLY(Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster) studies various methods of signal processing, including applications to EEG responses from auditory cortex.
BERNHARD ROSS(Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Hospital) is an expert in auditory perception and uses MEG to study how sound is processed in the brain.
LARRY ROBERTS (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is a senior researcher who studies neuroplasticity in the auditory cortex, mechanisms of tinnitus, and effects of musical training on brain development.
MEL RUTHERFORD (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies social perception, particularly of faces and voices, as related to evolution, normal development, and in those with autism.
LOUIS SCHMIDT(Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster) is an expert on social and emotional development, with interests in the role of music in emotional development.
MICHAEL SCHUTZ(School of the Arts/Associate Member of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is a percussionist and cognitive scientist interested in audio-visual integration, sensorimotor interactions, the communication of emotion in music, and the perception of amplitude envelope.
SID SEGALOWITZ (Psychology, Brock) is the founding director of the Canadian Centre for Lifespan Development at Brock University and Editor-in-Chief of Brain and Cognition. He uses EEG to study sensory systems, attentional control and self-regulation in developmental and head-injury populations.
DAVID HARRIS SMITH (Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster) is an artist and new media scholar and researcher with interests in new media and digital cultures, interaction design, and the practices and applications of virtual worlds.
DAVID SHORE(Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies multi-sensory integration and is interested in virtual acoustic environments.
RANIL SONNADARA(Department of Surgery / Research Computing, McMaster) is an expert in sound design, acoustics, and virtual environments. He studies skill acquisition and expertise in complex environments, working with musicians, athletes and surgeons.
MATTHEW WOOLHOUSE (School of the Arts, McMaster) studies various aspects of musical pitch cognition and the effects of entrainment and dance on social interaction.
HUBERT DE BRUIN (Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, McMaster) uses EEG to study remediation for depression and is interested in signal processing related to musical perception.
CÉLINE MARIE (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) is a Post-Doctoral Fellow studying the mechanisms and temporal dynamics of sound processing in healthy infants and adults using psychological and brain imaging methods (EEG).
JIM MCKAY(Emeritis, Department of Music, University of Western Ontario) studies acoustics and has developed and tested synthetic double reeds for woodwind players.
WILLIAM RENWICK(School of the Arts, McMaster) is a professor of music theory with research interests encompassing studies in tonal counterpoint and analysis, Gregorian chant, and computer applications in music research.
NICHOLAS SMITH (Perceptual Development Laboratory, Boystown Research Hospital) studies many aspects of auditory development including the perception of pitch and time, and is particularly interested in auditory scene analysis.
PETER SZATMARI (Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster) is one of the world's leading experts in autism and Director of the Offord Centre for Child Studies. He is interested in musical processing in autism.
WILLIAM THOMPSON (Faculty of Human Sciences, MacQuarie University) studies many aspects of music cognition, but is particularly interested in multisensory aspects of musical perception.
SCOTT WATTER (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies attention and cognition and is interested in how these areas affect musical processing.
Graduate Student Members
MICHEL BELYK (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies human vocal production and its relation to the structure, evolution and development of music and language.
JEFF BRUCE (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) collects psychophysical and EEG measurements of auditory perception in hearing aid wearers.
BLAKE BUTLER(Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies musical perception skills in adults and children using event-related potentials.
LAURA CIRELLI (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) studies the development of rhythmic entrainment and how it affects social interaction.
KATIE CORRIGALL (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is examining the potential benefits of formal music training on attention and other cognitive skills, as well as the development of culture-specific musical knowledge through informal, day-to-day exposure to music.
ANNE-MARIE DEPAPE (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is examining the areas of auditory and musical perception in those with autism.
KATE EINARSON(Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) received her B.A. (Adv) in Linguistics and Psychology from the University of Manitoba, where she studied language acquisition and reading development in children. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour focussing on the relationship between perceiving and producing musical sequences, and the effect of one's environment on these skills. Kate is also interested in the correlation between musical abilities and abilities in other domains, such as language, memory and social skills.
NICOLE FOLLAND(Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is studying Auditory Scene Analysis in adults and infants, with specific interests in simultaneous integration.
RAYNA FRIENDLY (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is studying the development of voice discrimination during the first year after birth, as well as the development of singing abilities in children.
LAUREN KUTCHNER (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is studying the neural basis of role-playing and perspective-taking in trained actors.
FIONA MANNING (School of the Arts, McMaster) is investigating the influence of movement on the perception of auditory rhythms.
CHRIS SLUGOCKI(Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is investigating the development of fidelity in subcortical and cortical responses to auditory stimuli in infants.
YUAN YE (Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster) is currently working on a visual arts project exploring the neural basis of drawing and writing using functional MRI.