New LIVELab at McMaster University reveals brain activity of musicians in real time

September 23, 2014

OTTAWA, September 23, 2014 — This Saturday, McMaster University will host the grand opening of the Large Interactive Virtual Environment Lab (LIVELab for short), a performance hall wired to provide insight into how musicians and audience members respond to music. The event will be marked by several live musical performances and corresponding scientific demonstrations in the research facility.

The LIVELab allows neuroscientists to use instruments like sensors that scan brain activity along with physiological monitors that measure heart-rate, breathing and changes to the skin’s surface to gauge a person’s physical, mental and emotional response to a wide range of music and sound.

The results will give researchers further insight into how the human brain perceives and processes music in a public venue. The conclusions of such studies may be used to create solutions for businesses, performers and solo musicians who want to improve the audio experience for clients or fans.

Of the $8 million LIVELab received $2,346,412 in infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). The lab is the latest addition to the McMaster Institute of Music and the Mind which also received the CFI’s support.

For further details on the grand opening of the LIVELab, click here.