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. We have made various contributions to the field of music cognition, often addressing basic questions concerning the perception and production of song. In recent years, our projects have branched out to deal with vocal-emotional communication in clinical populations. Novel interventions that we’ve developed for rehabilitation of communication often involve some form of singing. 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 supporting perception of music by deaf individuals, algorithms for emotion-based musical search, the TorontoSoundMap project, concerts featuring music without sound, and 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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