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Dr Pell's study featured in Media

Dr. Pell's study on 'GROWLS, LAUGHS AND SOBS ARE BETTER THAN WORDS AT CONVEYING EMOTION' has been covered recently by various sources of Media. A new study by researchers at Canada's McGill University has found that humans pay more attention when an emotion is expressed through a vocalisation than we do when the same emotion is put into words.

Classified as : Faculty
Published on : 21 Jan 2016

Human sounds convey emotions better than words do

It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to researchers from McGill. It doesn’t matter whether the non-verbal sounds are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness or cries of sadness. More importantly, the researchers have also discovered that we pay more attention when an emotion (such as happiness, sadness or anger) is expressed through vocalizations than we do when the same emotion is expressed in speech.

Published on : 18 Jan 2016

Dr. Rvachew's article Featured on Research Tuesday of ASLHA

The article “A Randomized Trial of 12-Week Interventions for the Treatment of Developmental Phonological Disorder in Francophone Children,” authored by Dr. Susan Rvachew and Dr. Francoise Brosseau-Lapre (former doctoral student currently Assistant Professor at Purdue University) has been selected to appear as the featured Research Tuesday article on the social media channels the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association this Tuesday, December 15, 2015.   The article will be temporarily open access at this link:

Classified as : Faculty
Published on : 16 Dec 2015

Dr. Li-Jessen's article featured on Med e-News

Dr. Li-Jessen's article has been featured on this week's Med e-News! Congratulations to our assistant professor. Click here to read 'Using Acupuncture to treat voice disorders'.

Classified as : Faculty
Published on : 11 Dec 2015

CFI invests $1.2 million to boost excellence in research at McGill with Prof. Nicole Li as one of the recipients

McGill reports $1.2 mil investment from Canada Foundation for Innovation to boost excellence in research at McGill. Professor Nicole Li from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is one of the recipients of the funding.  Congratulations! Click here to read the article.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 31 Jul 2015

Media coverage on the study of infants preferring baby talk at Dr. Linda Polka's lab

CBC, CJAD and Smithsonian Magazine have interviewed Dr. Linda Polka on the study of how babies prefer the sound of other babies.  This study was conducted by Ph.D. student Matthew Masapollo, Linda Polka and UQAM colleague Lucie Menard.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 15 May 2015

The Voice Lab is recruiting for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers

We are looking for smart, hard-working, and fun individuals to join our voice team. We currently have positions at doctoral and post-doctoral levels. We are looking for individuals with strong background in biomedical engineering, systems biology and/ or are proficient in computer programming with C++. For interested individuals, please send the CV, unofficial transcripts and a short description of why you're interested in our work to nicole [dot] li [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Nicole Li).

Classified as : External
Published on : 22 Apr 2015

World Voice Day in the media

Med e-News: World Voice Day 2015 McGill Reporter: Let your voice be heard – and keep being heard McGill Reporter: Cat got your tongue? Free voice screenings on April 1-2

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 12 Apr 2015

Download the slide handout for Clinical Outreach Seminar Series Spring 2015

Thank you to all of you who attended the spring Clinical Outreach Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Jutras "What do we know about central auditory processing disorder?" Attendees and those who were regrettably unable to make it may benefit from the slide handout generously provided by Dr. Jutras.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 09 Apr 2015

SCSD in the recent media

Check out SCSD's research being covered in recent media! McGill Reporter covers research at Dr. Aparna Nadig's PoP lab on providing support for adults with autism. Forbes reports on Drs. Marc Pell and Xiaoming Jiang's research on how the brain detects confidence in voices faster than you can blink.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 03 Apr 2015

Nicole Li joins as coordinator for World Voice Day 2015

World Voice Day announces new coordinators for 2015, including our very own Dr. Nicole Li!  Click here to read the article. To learn more and register for World Voice Day at McGill, please visit the events page.

Classified as : Staff, Faculty, External, Students
Published on : 12 Mar 2015

New Job Position: Speech-Language Pathologist for Spring/Summer 2015

Please click here for more information.

Classified as : External
Published on : 11 Mar 2015

Xiaoming Jiang and Marc Pell's research covered by New Scientist

New Scientist covered research done at Dr. Marc Pell's Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab on how the brain decodes vocal cues about speaker confidence.  Click here to read article.

Classified as : External, Students
Published on : 10 Mar 2015