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Professor, McMaster University

Dr. Laurel Trainor is a Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC), Senior Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a Research Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute.

She has published over 120 articles on the neuroscience of auditory development and perception of music in journals including Science and Nature ( and co-holds a patent for the Neuro-compensator hearing aid.

Laurel is the founding and present director of the LIVELab (, a unique research-concert hall with high acoustic control, which is equipped with multi-person motion capture and EEG for studying music performance and human interaction. Laurel also has a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Toronto and is currently principal flute of Symphony on the Bay.


  • –present
    Professor, McMaster University


  • 1991 
    University of Toronto, Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology)