McGill Expert Alert: Holiday sources


We suggest the following sources for your holiday stories:

Retail, Consumer

jui.ramaprasad [at] (Jui Ramaprasad)

Professor, Information Systems, Desautels Faculty of Management

Expertise: social media, digital goods, music industry

English and French media


Ellen Aitken
Dean, Faculty of Religious Studies
Expertise: The spiritual meaning of the holiday season beneath the commercialism

English; French print media

Music & mood / Holiday music

daniel.levitin [at] (Daniel Levitin)

Professor, Department of Psychology

Expertise: Music and the brain

English; French print media

Robert Zatorre

Professor, Dept. of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Montreal Neurological Institute

Expertise: Music and the brain

Contact via Anita Kar, Communications, Montreal Neurological Institute anita.kar [at]

English and French media

Donating to Charity Rewards the Brain

Dr. Alain Dagher
Neurologist, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital; Professor, Department of Neuroscience,
Expertise: The function of dopamine
contact via Anita Kar, Communications, Montreal Neurological Institute

anita.kar [at]

English and French media


"Over-gifting"/Appropriate Gifts for the Holidays

Jeffrey Derevensky
Professor, Faculty of Education, Co-Director, International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems & High-Risk Behavior

English; French print media

Toy Safety/Recalls

Joe Schwarcz
Professor, Department of Chemistry; Director, McGill Office for Science and Society
Expertise: Health issues and the application of chemistry in everyday life

English; French print media

Holiday Depression/Suicide Rates

Camillo.zacchia [at] (Camillo Zacchia)

Psychologist – Senior advisor, Mental Health Education Office (MHEO), Douglas Institute

Expertise: psychologist who can speak on mood during the holidays for those who are alone, going through divorce or in difficult family situations.
French and English media

Food Chemistry

Ariel Fenster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Expertise: The chemistry behind alcoholic hangovers and "turkey hangovers"; the effect of eating chocolate on mood

French and English media


Exhibits from the McGill Libraries:

Ink and Blood exhibit: The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada and the McGill Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections present Ink and Blood, an exhibition on the works of Polish-born graphic artist, book illustrator, caricaturist and stage designer Arthur Szyk (1894-1951). The exhibition, in place at the Redpath Library Building since Nov. 26, runs until Jan. 31, 2013.

Raymond Klibansky (1905-2005) – La bibliothèque d'un philosophe: Witness an exceptional intellectual journey, at the Grande Bibliothèque through an exhibit developed from the extraordinary library of leading 20th-century thinker Raymond Klibansky and bequeathed to McGill by the late professor. Exhibit runs until August 25, 2013.

Contact Information

Cynthia Lee
McGill University
cynthia.lee [at]
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