April 2017 - News!

AIRS News  

  • Singing Promotes Cooperation in a Diverse Group of Children. Arla Good and Frank A. Russo (Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada). LINK

  • Lay Listeners Can Evaluate the Pitch Accuracy of Operatic Voices, Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 34 No. 4, April 2017. Pauline Larrouy-Maestri (Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics), Dominique Morsomme (University of Liege), David Magis (Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique-FNRS), and David Poeppel (Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics).   LINK

  • Singing Ability, Musical Self-Concept, and Future Music Participation, Journal of Research in Music Education,  January 2017. Steven M. Demorest (Northwestern University), Jamey Kelley (Florida International University), and Peter Q. Pfordresher (University at Buffalo, State University of New York).  LINK

  • Johan Sundberg invites all voice enthusiasts to organize events for World Voice Day 2017 - anything public centered on the voice (lectures, public rehearsals, seminars, symposia, concerts) and these can take place around April 16, but not necessarily only on April 16;  however, the Global Vocal Concert will be April 16 at 19.30 local time in each time zone, moving by time zone around the world. If you go ahead with this please mention the AIRS connection in your promotional material.  So far there have been 4 AIRS events over the last 2 years.


  • The following submissions involving AIRS researchers conducting research on singing have been accepted for presentation at the next meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, June 8-10. They will be presented at a GIMME-5 session entitled Do re me fa sol: Developmental research perspectives on singing and psychology. (Students at all levels, undergraduate, graduate*, and postdoctoral fellows** are indicated in blue text). 

    • Does infant directed singing cue infant prosociality? Laura K. Cirelli** & Sandra Trehub (Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Toronto, ON)

    • Infants’ processing of melody and lyrics when presented simultaneously in song. Alexandra M. Ryken & Christine D. Tsang (Department of Psychology, Huron University College at Western)

    • Effect of Song and Focus on Learning Unfamiliar Words by Musicians and Non-Musicians. Jiaqi Guo, Henrietta Lempert, Vanessa Lee, Amy Yu, Janice Hui, (Department of Psychology, University of Toronto)

    • Applying the Singing Experience Scale of Gick and Busch (2015). Hailey Arsenault, Ed Hanson & Annabel J. Cohen  (Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island)

    • Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder have enhanced memory for vocal musicMichael W. Weiss**1, Megha Sharda**1, Sandra E. Trehub2, Krista L. Hyde1,3 (International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research (BRAMS), Department of Psychology, University of Montreal; University of Toronto; Faculty of Medicine, McGill University)

    • Vocal performance of student élite athletes: effects of music training on pitch stability of repeated key-notes in a familiar song.  Eric Da Silva1, Kyle Dutton1, Bing-Yi Pan*/**2, & Annabel J. Cohen1  (1 Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island;  2 Department of Music Therapy, Concordia University)

    • Antecedents to the Calling of Singer-songwriters in Canada: An Online Survey of the influences of geographic location, family members, and self-efficacy. Christopher Robison and Annabel J. Cohen (Department of Psychology, University of Prince Edward Island)

  • Enjoying a successful semester, the multicultural choir & song circle has a new Facebook Public Group page, and a new video clip highlights their success.  LINK  ...And at the University of Malta, another AIRS multicultural song circle has been meeting - for the 4th year. They are singing in celebration of St. Patrick's Day (courtesy of Godfrey Baldachino, who took the photo on the right below). 


  • Contracts have been signed for a book series with titles representing the original AIRS Research Themes (Annabel Cohen series editor):

    • Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Volume I  Development (Co-editors: Frank Russo, Beatriz Ilari, Annabel Cohen)

    • Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing:  Volume II  Education (Co-editors - Helga Gudmundsdottir, Carol Beynon, Karen Ludke, Annabel Cohen)

    • Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Research in Singing: Volume III  Well-being (Co-editors - Rachel Heydon, Daisy Fancourt, Annabel Cohen)

  • AIRS UPEI multicultural choir is "Making a beautiful sound together" - CBC News report.  LINK

  • Please send items for next newsletter to airs@upei.ca

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops   view all upcoming

  • Global Arts and Psychology Seminar (GAPS), 28-29 April 2017, Boston, Buenos Aires, Graz, Sheffield, Sydney. GAPS research will be presented by students at hubs in Boston (UTC/GMT-4 hours), Buenos Aires (-3), Sheffield (+1), Graz (+2), and Sydney (+10).  All talks will be live-streamed and recorded in YouTube.  Call for papers: Doctoral and advanced Master’s students who would like to present their research at GAPS are asked to create an account in EasyChair, here.  Abstract submission deadline is April 7.

  • Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance - Open Workshop, Durham University, Stockton Road, Durham UK, 9th March 2017.   LINK

  • The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) 2017 Summer Institute for Educators, University of California at Berkely, Clark Kerr Campus, June 25-30 OR July 16-21, 2017.    LINK

  • Conscious Cities Conference No. 2, London UK, May 3, 2017, explores the connections between neuroscience, architecture, and technology.   LINK 

Student Opportunities

  • Institute of Musical Research, University of London, Summer School on Music, Language and Cognition will be held on Lake Como, Italy from 26 to 30 June, 2017. Applications are invited from prospective students. Further details are available here.

  • The Cognitive Science Departement  of École Normale Supérieure in Paris (Département d'études cognitives, DEC) aims to recruit advanced undergraduate international students in Cognitive Science and in Linguistics.   LINK



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