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Symposium on Cognitive Load

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Seeing through listening effort: measuring cognitive load during listening using pupillometry. Presented in collaboration with the Schulich School of Music, the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM), and Tobiipro.

  • Special Event
When Nov 01, 2019
from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where A832, Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. W.
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Cognitive Load Symposium



Recent research has highlighted the need to take cognitive processing load into account when looking at speech communication, hearing impairment, ageing, etc. Specifically, research using pupillometry has shown that the pupil response is sensitive to the variations in cognitive load during a wide variety of tasks.

The goal of this symposium is to serve as an introduction to the topic and provide the basics to get started with your research. You will discuss with a panel of leading researchers in the field and observe real-time pupillometry experiments and analysis, using the equipment available at CRLBM and CIRMMT. You will also have the opportunity to see eye-tracking device manufacturers showcase their technical solutions.

To benefit most from this symposium, we invite you to prepare a short pitch on your current or ongoing project incorporating measures of cognitive load or listening effort. You will receive constructive feedback from our panel and explore possible new collaborations in the room! You are welcome to attend even if you don’t have a specific project in mind just yet and would like a practical introduction do this rapidly growing new field


Registration is required. To register, please visit: Symposium Registration



Talks from a panel of researchers using different methods for quantifying listening effort in research and clinical settings

  • Dr. Stephanie Kuchinsky, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, USA
  • Dr. Andrew Dimitrijevic, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Canada
  • Dr. François Patou, Oticon Medical, Denmark
11:00-13:00 - Lunch/Market solutions for Eyetrackers (lunch will be provided - sponsored by Tobii Pro)
  • Demonstration stalls from Eyetracking companies
13:00-15:00 - Constructive conversations between the invited panel and different labs
  • Short pitch from labs considering or starting to incorporate cognitive load measures
  • free time for the interested labs to ask questions or suggestions to the panel
15:00-17:00 - Hands-on demo using pupillometry
  • 3 parallel demos showcasing the use of pupillometry for measuring cognitive load
This event is sponsored by Tobii Pro. The research is run in collaboration with the Schulich School of Music (McGill), CIRMMT, and the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM).
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