Honours Economics and Mathematics
Catherine is in the fourth year of her combined program in Economics and Mathematics at McMaster University and will graduate in the spring of 2016. Catherine was first invited to join the lab in 2014 and completed two preparatory courses, MUSIC 3X03 and MUSIC 4X03, under the supervision of Matthew Woolhouse. Consequently, with her knowledge of MySQL and Python, Catherine received a USRA in 2015 to work during the summer in the Digital Music Lab. Catherine focuses most of her research on applying her statistical analysis skills, especially on topics concerning estimation and probabilities. Currently she is working primarily on genre transitions within the MixRadio database. Catherine also designed much of the Digital Music Lab website.
Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior; Masters Arts in Counselling Psychology Candidate
Stephanie is interested in psychology about self-concept issues, creativity, and the intersection of these in art as a form of therapy. She enjoys approaching psychology from many perspectives with the ultimate goal of developing holistic therapies using clients' intrinsic creative artistic capacity. She has taken a variety of research skill courses including those in a Developmental Neuroscience Lab working on an fMRI study: Human Memory and Attention. She has also done many courses working on studies of therapy, eating behaviours, and attitudes and beliefs about overeating with Dr. Sherry Van Blyderveen. Her work in the Digital Music Lab began in 2013 with an Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) leading a study of the impact of dance synchronization on cooperative attitudes and dance performance in the context of a dance game the team created. With her second USRA in 2014, she began a project in collaboration with Hamilton City Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's program. She continues to work on the latest iteration of this project in many capacities, including maintaining the research Facebook page.
Honours Computer Science
Mitch is currently enrolled in the Honours Computer Science program at McMaster University and is due to complete it in the fall of 2015. He first got involved with the lab through his 4th year Capstone course. Having had previous experience with motion control technology, Mitch was interested in working with the Kinect. and contacted Dr. Woolhouse. Mitch was a developer for the Stretch3D Leap Motion Project and for the Shooting Chrony Companion Application project. He was a finalist in the McMaster Software Entrepreneurship Competition.
Honours Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior (Music Cognition Specialization); Master Library & Information Science Candidate
Lindsay is a recent graduate of the Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour program at McMaster. Her time in the Digital Music Lab has been focused on dance research, and her early research experiences surrounded dance classification. Together with lab member Raganya Ponmanadiyil, she designed and built a database of dance styles, with the goal of facilitating cross-cultural empirical dance research. She later collaborated in McMaster’s NeuroArts Lab with Dr. Steven Brown to develop an in-depth classification scheme of dance movement. Lindsay has since moved on to dance observation research. Her undergraduate thesis and current summer research aim to understand how features of dancer movement effect viewer’s observation patterns by comparing dance viewer eye-movement data with features of dancer movement. Lindsay’s interests in data curation and digital scholarship, which were sparked by her work on the dance database project, are leading her to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario in the Fall of 2015.