Dr. Laurel Trainor

Research Scientist
Cognitive Psychologist
McMaster University

Dr. Laurel Trainor: Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, a Research Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, and the Director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM). 

Laurel Trainor is a cognitive psychologist whose work brings together both music and science in the study of perception, cognition and neuroscience of music. Formally trained as a musician – and still active as principal flute of Symphony Hamilton – her research interests include the perception and cognition of music, human auditory perceptual and cognitive development, the perception of objects, speech and music in relation to communication, emotional development and social interaction.

Professor Trainor is the founding, and current director of LIVE Lab at McMaster University – a one of a kind, one hundred-seat concert hall equipped with virtual acoustics, the ability to measure EEG and physiology in audience members and performers, motion capture, sound recording and video presentation. The lab promises to give us valuable new information on how performers and audiences interact, how children learn music, and how music can be used to promote health.


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