scientist | sound designer


about me


in no particular order of importance, i am a scientistsound designercoacheducatormusician, pilot, fight director, composer, administrator, tonmeister, volunteer and geek.

my primary academic home is the department of surgery at mcmaster university, and i hold administrative appointments as the special advisor to the vice-president, research, and institutional lead for digital research infrastructure. i am also the creative and artistic director for the livelab. i hold graduate appointments in the health research methodology and health science education programmes, the departments of psychology, neuroscience and behaviour & linguistics and languages, and the school of computational science and engineering at mcmaster, and in the institute of medical sciences at the university of toronto.

i am a behavioural neuroscientist by training, with a special interest in how our experiences help shape our sensory and motor systems. much of my research focuses on the science that drives performance in complex environments, and using this knowledge to improve education and training. my work tends to focus on health professionals, musicians and athletes, though my research generalises to many other domains. my lab also studies how we evaluate performance, particularly in high-stakes environments. the 'big picture' questions driving this work are how learning, practice and experience change our brain, and the way that information flows between different neural systems.

please visit my lab site or explore the links above for more information.

contact information

a. n. bourns science building room 131
mcmaster university
1280 main street west
hamilton, ontario, l8s 4k1, canada

p: (905) 525 - 9140 x 24156