AIRS News  

  • Estonian Research Council interview with Dr. Marju Raju and Laura Välja (regarding their research supervised by Dr. Jaan Ross).  Link  

  • Congratulations to Ross Dwyer, former longstanding administrative officer for AIRS, who has recently been awarded the  Presidential Recognition Award of Merit for Staff at the University of Prince Edward Island, for his contributions to the AIRS Project, his current position as Research Manager of Young Lives, and his assistance with the  biennial  L. M. Montgomery Institute Biennial Conference. We have greatly appreciated Ross's support over the years and wish him continuing success in his current position.  Link 

 

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.

 

AIRS News  

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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). 

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