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Labs & Facilities

Digital Music Lab
Based on an industry partnership with global-music provider MixRadio, the Digital Music Lab within the School of the Arts conducts research on music-download data from sociological, cultural and musicological perspectives. The lab’s database currently contains the metadata of over 1.3 billion music downloads—one of the largest commercially generated music-download database within academia anywhere in the world.

Language, Memory and Brain Lab (LMBLab)
The LMBL, co-directed by John Connolly & Elisabet Service, conducts research using brain imaging techniques and behavioural measures to investigate language and memory processes and how they interact. Applied research involves assessment of children and adults affected by brain injury, second language acquisition, and specific language impairments.

Music Acoustics Perception Learning (MAPLE) Lab
The MAPLE Lab is dedicated to examining the psychological basis of the musical experience, with research projects exploring the role of visual information in music, musical timbre, the communication of affect in language and music, and general questions surrounding music perception and cognition.

Reading Lab
The Reading Lab targets a range of areas in psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics, with a focus on visuo-oculomotor and cognitive predictors of reading success and failure; individual differences in word and sentence recognition among low-literacy and typical readers; processing of printed morphologically complex words; and effects of emotion on language production and comprehension.

Robert & Andrée Rhéaume Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium
The Fitzhenry Studios and Atrium is a vibrant learning environment devoted to painting, sculpture and other media in which McMaster fine arts students collaborate with others, showcase their work, discuss and interpret art. The new space was made possible through the generous gift of philanthropist and McMaster alumnus Robert Fitzhenry in honour of his late wife Andrée, who was accomplished painter specializing in landscapes.