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.
The Gaming Scalabilty Environment is an interdisciplinary research lab located at the McMaster Innovation Park. Funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), G-ScalE brings together researchers from the Humanities (Andrew Mactavish), Engineering (Jacques Carette), and the Library (Jeff Trzeciak) to investigate the effects of visual scale on gaming experience and to apply these findings to the development of games that visually scale from the very small to the very big.
Language, Memory and Brain Lab (LMBLab)
The LMBL, co-directed by John Connolly and 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.
Multimedia Arts Research and Design Lab (Liss Platt)
Housed at the McMaster Innovation Park, Liss Platt’s CFI-funded video production and editing infrastructure supports the creation of social issue videos, websites, and new media projects. Currently Platt’s research team is in post-production on a 20-minute documentary on the spatialization and radicalization of poverty in Canadian cities.
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.
Communications Governance Observatory
Communication is increasingly regulated by technologies and private organizations, as well as by governments. This complex view of governance is called “networked governance.” The Communications Governance Observatory, directed by Sara Bannerman, is dedicated to studying the increasingly globalized and networked governance of communications and creative production.
The Performance Lab is a multi-functional teaching and rehearsal space that enables students and faculty to integrate all elements of design into the creative process of devised theatre. It is equipped to support the creation performances incorporating actors, lighting, sound, video projection, costume, and set, at every stage of the research and development process.
The Pulse Lab analyses how technologies measure individuals in biometric and computational ways. In turn, we incite tangible and aesthetic explorations with tools that transform them into socially valuable innovations. Collaborative practice is key to Pulse Lab—we engage in participatory and feminist intersectional approaches with community and industry groups to adapt digital and emerging technologies to address their social, cultural and practical needs.
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.
The Syntax Lab investigates syntactic structures, i.e., combinatorial properties, of natural languages from the general-cognition perspective. We use both traditional fieldwork and experimental methods to collect data from cross-linguistically diverse languages, including Indigenous languages of Canada, in order to identify and model the universal and language-specific properties exhibited by human languages.