Keywords: Emotion, music cognition, communication disorders, cognitive and affective neuroscience
I received my Ph.D. in Psychology in 2002 with an emphasis on brain behavior and cognitive science. I later completed post-doctoral fellowships in music cognition and hearing science. In 2006, I founded the SMART (Science of Music, Auditory Research and Technology) lab at Ryerson. Our lab is concerned with questions at the intersection of music, mind, and action. Our approach to these questions is best described as embodied and neurodynamic. We have made various contributions to music science, hearing science, and emotion science. In addition to scholarly work, my lab is deeply interested in knowledge translation and extramural partnerships. Successful translations of our research include a train-horn standard, a sensory substitution technology, algorithms for musical mood induction, and the rehabilitation of vocal-emotional communication through community-based choirs.
My undergraduate teaching interests include courses concerning perception and cognition. At the graduate level, I have taught courses in research methods. I have had the privilege of supervising a number of excellent theses at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
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