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Founded and directed by Associate Professor of Music Matthew Woolhouse, the Digital Music Lab (DML) within the School of the Arts undertakes interdisciplinary research into how music is used, embodied, and experienced by individuals and groups. The lab’s research covers three main areas: (1) musical pitch perception, (2) personality and musical preference, and (3) the positive effects of music and dance, particularly with respect to people with Parkinson’s disease.

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Conferences

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International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition

The International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) is an interdisciplinary conference devoted to the dissemination of new, unpublished research relating to the field of music perception and cognition.

Neuromusic

The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind hosts an annual full-day Scientific Conference at McMaster. Each year, four or five prominent Music Cognition researchers from around the world are invited to present their latest research as it relates to a chosen theme.

Society for Music Perception & Cognition

The Society for Music Perception and Cognition is a not-for-profit organization for researchers and others interested in music perception and cognition.

Lake Ontario Visionary Establishment Conference

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RESEARCH

Projects On the Go

See what’s going on in the lab right now:

Memory for Key

What affects our ability to remember a musical key?

Tonal Attaction

Can we predict the dynamic attraction between harmonies using a cognitive model?

Music & Dance

How do we move to music? What are the beneficial effects of dance?

Music & Personality

Is there a link between personality and music preference?

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Meet the Lab

What would a music cognition lab be without a team of clever, passionate, and musical researchers?

Dr. Matthew Woolhouse

Lab Director

Matthew Woolhouse is a composer, pianist and researcher working in the field of music cognition.

Jo Spyra

PhD Candidate

Jo makes lots of graphs.

Konrad Swierczek

Masters Candidate

Konrad develops models of harmony based on perception.

Maya Flannery

Masters Candidate

Maya explores how individuals’ preferences differ for low-level musical features.

Claire Baguio

Honours Thesis Student

Claire does the theatre.

Graeme Noble

Lab Manager

Graeme constructs unique timbres to see how subtle instrumental qualities impact musical memory.  

Kelsea McCready

Research Assistant

Kelsea’s projects address the mental health and quality of life in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease who are enrolled in dance classes and other recreational programs.

Funding & Sponsorship

Since 2011, Dr. Woolhouse’s research has attracted over $1 million in external and internal grant funding, including three Canadian Tri-Council grants and the Provincial Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award.Since 2011, Dr. Woolhouse’s research has attracted over $1 million in external and internal grant funding, including three Canadian Tri-Council grants and the Provincial Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award.Since 2011, Dr. Woolhouse’s research has attracted over $1 million in external and internal grant funding, including three Canadian Tri-Council grants and the Provincial Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award.Since 2011, Dr. Woolhouse’s research has attracted over $1 million in external and internal grant funding, including three Canadian Tri-Council grants and the Provincial Government of Ontario’s Early Researcher Award.

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