Dr. Laurel J. Trainor, Professor

Director, Auditory Development Lab

Auditory Development Lab

In the Auditory Development Lab we study the perception of sound in infants, children, and adults, as well as the acquisition of music and language. We are interested in what infants perceive when they listen to speech and music, how this changes as they grow, and what influences how sound perception develops. We use both behavioural and brain imaging (EEG, MEG) techniques to answer such questions as: Why do caregivers talk and sing to infants who don't understand the words? Can infants recognize tunes? If so, what aspects of the musical structure do they encode? How do infants perceive pitch, pitch patterns, and melodies? How is rhythm perceived? What is the multisensory relation between music and movement? How does musical training affect brain development?

 

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