Welcome to the Science of Music, Auditory Research, and Technology Lab!

About Us

The SMART lab is an interdisciplinary research team at Toronto Metropolitan University. We are engaged with basic and applied research questions at the intersection of music, mind and action. Our research foci include music cognition, hearing science, and health and wellbeing. Click here to learn more about our philosophical and methodological approach to research.

Recent News

October 25, Chi Yhun Lo discusses his research journey as part of the STEAM Design Research Panel for High School Students at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute as part of the UHN STEM Pathway and KITE Young Innovators outreach program.

October 9-12, 2022 SMART lab attends Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy in Boston. Hannah Shatzer presents results listening effort fNIRS findings


October 6, 2022, Chi Lo and Frank Russo present “Group-based music to support health and wellbeing outcomes for children and adults with hearing loss” at Music and Hearing Health Workshop in Oldenburg, Germany


September 25-28, First annual SMART lab retreat, Beaver Lake, Parry Sound District, Ontario


August 8-12, 2022 Chi Lo, Hannah Shatzer, and Frank Russo present research at International Hearing Aid Research Conference in Lake Tahoe, California


August 4-8, 2022 Sean Gilmore and Frank Russo present research at Society for Music Perception and Cognition in Portland, Oregon

November 11, 2021 Frank Russo presents “Group singing to support social wellbeing and communication in adults with communication challenges” at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London

July 21, 2020 Frank Russo presents “Current research on the effects of music on health, cognition, and wellness” at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia

Research Focus

Music Cognition / Emotion

Our primary stream of “basic research” seeks to understand music perception and production from an embodied perspective...

Hearing Science

Our secondary stream of “basic research” focuses on auditory perception and cognition in real-world listening scenarios...

Health & Well-Being

Our “applied research” generally seeks to develop or optimize assistive technologies (e.g., hearing aids) as well as music-based interventions...