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World class facility studying impact of music, sound and movement on human development and human health

The LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab is a unique 106-seat Research Performance Hall designed to investigate the experience of music, dance, multimedia presentations, and human interaction.

The space includes Active Acoustic Control; Sound Recording Equipment; and measurement of Behavioural Responses, Movement (motion capture), Brain Responses (EEG), Muscle Tension (EMG), Heart Rate, Breathing Rate, and Sweating Responses (GSR).

The aims include:

  • A neuroscientific understanding of how performers interact, what moves audiences during a performance, and the cognitive, social and emotional impact of these experiences;
  • Incorporating technology and real-time audience feedback into creative performances;
  • Development and evaluation of new technologies for health (e.g., hearing aids, dance for Parkinson’s) and artistic expression;
  • Neuroscientific evaluation of human responses (e.g., market research; defining important aspects of culture) and what makes for successful human interactions (e.g., educational techniques, group problem solving).

Research in the LIVELab is aimed both at theoretical understanding and applications to business, health, education public policy, and artistic creation.

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