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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 in the field of music cognition. The lab’s research covers four main areas: (1) music and dance, (2) music and memory, (3) music and people, and (4) tonal attraction (the perceptual ‘resolution’ of one harmony to another).

The DML is one of two music cognition labs within the School of the Arts, the other being the MAPLE Lab run by Michael Schutz. Both labs are affiliated with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, home to the LIVELab, a state-of-the-art research-performance center. These facilities, together with research faculty, graduates, and undergraduates, have helped to make McMaster University one of the foremost institutions for studying music from a scientific perspective.

DML researchers include the primary investigator, Matthew Woolhouse, McMaster graduate and undergraduate students, research assistants, and international collaborators. The lab welcomes inquiries from prospective students, either seeking to undertake research-based courses (e.g., QQs) or graduate-level research. If you are interested and wish to get involved in the lab, please get in touch.