AIRS News  

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR to all, from AIRS Director Annabel Cohen, and AIRS staff. Best Wishes for 2018!

  • Henrietta Lempert is conducting a study which examines whether singing can facilitate acquisition of second language (L2) morphosyntax in L1-Chinese and L1-Korean learners. Learning the inflectional systems of a second language is challenging for adult learners and this difficulty is exaggerated in L1-Chinese and L1-Korean learners. 

    Henrietta Lempert and students (University of Toronto) report research on the Impact of singing in learning inflection in artificial grammar"  at the 13th Annual Neuromusic Conference of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, November 18th, 2017.  

  • The ORFEU Journal, from PPGMUS/UDESC (BRAZIL), announces a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on the Psychology of Music, to be released in July 2018. The aim of this Special Issue is to disseminate knowledge of research studies in the interface between psychology of music and music education. This Special Issue also encourages the dissemination of research in psychology of music which reports research methodologies with practical implications for music education. Articles in English, Spanish and Portuguese are welcome. Deadline for submissions: 18/02/2018. To register, click here. Author guidelines here.  For questions, write to and write in the email subject area: “Psychology of Music”.

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  • Carol Beynon and Jennifer Lang have published a new paper, The More We Get Together, The More We Learn: Focus on Intergenerational and Collaborative Learning Through Singing, Carol Beynon & Jennifer Lang,  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships Vol. 16, Iss. 1-2, 2018, which explores the conceptual and practical frameworks necessary to foster vibrant and equal learning opportunities for young children and elders through intergenerational singing programs.  Link 

  • Stephen Clift is one of multiple authors of a study,  Community singing groups for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: participant perspectives, Skingley, A., Clift, S. M., Hurley, S., Price, S. and Stephens, L. (2018)Perspectives in Public Health, 138 (1). pp. 66-75. ISSN 1757-9139.  Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health issue which is irreversible and progressive, but previous research suggests that singing may have beneficial effects. The aim of this study was to establish the views of participants with COPD.   Link 

  • Daisy Fancourt has a paper published in The British Journal of Psychiatry, Effect of singing interventions on symptoms of postnatal depression: three-arm randomised controlled trial, D. Fancourt and R. Perkins,  Access Volume 212, Issue 2 February 2018 , pp. 119-121. This study assessed whether a novel psychosocial intervention could reduce symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) in the first 40 weeks post-birth.   Link 

  • Watch a TV report on a recent conference in Australia on 'Sing to Beat Parkinson's' - a concept and practice developed within the Sidney De Haan Research Centre: Stephen Clift, Director, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health,


Sing to Beat Parkinson's (click to play)


Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops   view all upcoming

  • Acoustical Society of America 176th meeting, AWC18, 5-9 November, 2018, Victoria BC. For more information click here.  To contact Dr. Roberto Racca,  AWC2018 conference coordinator, please send an email to this address.  Link

  • Cognitive Futures in the Arts and Humanities 2018, University of Kent, 1-4 July, 2018.  Associated with the network Cognitive Futures in the Humanities, the conference aims once again to bring together a wide array of papers from the cognitive sciences, philosophy, literary studies, linguistics, cultural studies, critical theory, film, performance, theatre and dance studies, the visual and sonic arts, musicology and beyond.   Link  

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