AIRS News  

  • Singing improves the quality of life for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), according to new research directed by Stephen Clift  and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.  See report and video. Link 

  • New study published in Psychology of Music documenting remarkable natural ability of toddler voice range and melodic accuracy: Adults recognize toddlers’ song renditions, Helga Gudmundsdottir, University of Iceland, and Sandra Trehub, University of Toronto Mississauga, 2017. This new research explores the singing ability of toddlers 16 months to 3 years of age by examining North American adults’ ability to identify toddlers’ renditions of familiar tunes sung with foreign lyrics.  Link 

  • Congratulations to Ella Dubinsky (student of Frank Russo,  Ryerson University) for recognition as one of the notable "Best Poster Abstracts in a Flash" winners at the Neurosciences and Music VI conference in Boston, for her poster: Benefits of music training in older adults with age-related hearing loss. Also on the Program were other AIRS members, either chairing or presenting (see below) or presenting posters: 

    • ​Jazz Improvisation as a Model of Creativity: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study
      Psyche Loui, Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA

    • Musical function modification through the use of noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Gottfried Schlaug, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

    • BORN TO BE MUSICAL: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM STUDYING MUSICAL PRODIGIES, Chaired by Isabelle Peretz, University of Montreal

    • RHYTHM AND OPTIMAL DEVELOPMENT: TRANSLATION OF BASIC RESEARCH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EVIDENCE-BASED INTERVENTIONS, Chairs: Laurel Trainor (McMaster University) and Devin McAuley. Laurel also presented a session: Auditory rhythmic deficits in Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

    • PERSPECTIVES ON THE EXTRA-MUSICAL BENEFITS OF MUSIC TRAINING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN: CONVERGENT EVIDENCE AND LINGERING QUESTIONS, Chairs: Frank Russo (Ryerson University) and Assal Habibi. [including focus on choirs and home-training regime for older adults]

    • Neural correlates of cognitive and emotional development in children engaged in music training, Assal Habibi, Beatriz Illari, Antonio Damasio, Hanna Damasio, University of Southern California [singing tests incorporated into the study protocol]

  • The symposium on singing entitled "Studies of singing: abilities and well-being from infancy to senior years" is on the program of the meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition to be held at University of California, San Diego, July 30-August 3rd. AIRS members are presenting the following papers:

    • Infants Can Categorize Singing and Speaking, Christine D. Tsang,  Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Huron College, University of Western Ontario, Simone Falk, CNRS / Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-3, FRANCE

    • Developing innovative techniques for testing singing ability in 3-year-olds, Helga Rut Gudmundsdottir  (Associate Professor, School of Education, University of Iceland;  currently Fulbright Fellow at Columbia University, New York)

    • Testing domain-based vs domain-general theories of creativity: comparing vocal and speech improvisation in the AIRS Test Battery of Singing Skills in young adults, Annabel J. Cohen, Eric da Silva, Kyle Dutton, University of Prince Edward Island; Bing-Yi Pan Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC. 

    • Applying SingFit Technology to the distribution of music as medicine for older populations. Andy Tubman and Rachel Francine, Music Health Technologies, Los Angeles.

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  • 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 




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