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Frank Russo

Frank A. Russo


Associate Professor


PhD, Queen's University




416-979-5000 ext. 2647

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Curriculum Vitae

Keywords: music cognition, human factors, hearing science, assistive/rehabilitative technology

I received my Ph.D. in Psychology in 2002. 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 technology. In recent years, our projects have investigated sensorimotor integration in vocal-emotional communication, music perception, cognitively based music information retrieval, assistive/rehabilitative technology, and the psychology of the urban soundscape. In addition to traditional scholarly work, my lab is strongly committed to knowledge translation and extramural partnerships. Successful translations of our research include a train-horn standard, a sensory substitution technology supporting perception of music by deaf individuals, a cognitively based software engine for music generation/analysis, the TorontoSoundMap project, and dozens of exhibitions/concerts featuring music without sound. In the not-so-distant future, I hope that our research will lead to novel treatments for the rehabilitation of special populations with emotion communication deficits.

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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Department of Psychology
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2K3, Canada

Fax: 416-979-5273


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Offices: 380 Victoria St. [map]
Research Labs: 105 Bond St. [map]


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