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Dr. Frank Russo

EducationPhD, Queen's University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 552647
Areas of ExpertiseAuditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Affective Neuroscience, Music Psychology, Vocal Emotion, Embodied Cognition, Hearing

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Frank Russo is a professor of Psychology at Toronto Metropolitan University, where he holds the NSERC-Sonova Senior Research Research Chair in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience. He is also affiliate scientist at KITE (Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network), core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind (MIMM), and adjunct professor in Speech Language Pathology and Music at the University of Toronto. In his Science of Music Auditory Research and Technology (SMART) Lab at Ryerson, he conducts basic research on the biological, cognitive, and social-emotional bases of music and speech. He also engages in two related areas of applied research. The first area seeks to develop and optimize assistive and rehabilitative technologies that may support perception and production of vocal-facial emotion. The second area assesses the potential for music-based interventions to contribute to health and wellbeing. Frank is committed to the dissemination and translation of research beyond the academy through creative collaborations with community-based groups and industry. Successful translations of his research include a Canadian train-horn standard, a sensory substitution technology, new algorithms to support music perception through hearing aids, new approaches to music as medicine, and the development of singing interventions to support health and wellbeing. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, Massey College, and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science. He is also past president of the Canadian Acoustical Association.

Selected Publications

Habibi, A., Kreutz, G., Russo, F., & Tervaniemi, M. (2022). Music‐based interventions in community settings: Navigating the tension between rigor and ecological validity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (external link) , external link

Mallik, A., & Russo, F. A. (2022). The effects of music & auditory beat stimulation on anxiety: A randomized clinical trial. PloS one17(3), e0259312. (external link) , external link

Rovetti, J., Goy, H., Zara, M., & Russo, F. A. (2022). Reduced semantic context and signal-to-noise ratio increase listening effort as measured using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. Ear and Hearing43(3), 836-848. (external link) , external link

Gilmore, S. A., & Russo, F. A. (2021). Neural and Behavioral Evidence for Vibrotactile Beat Perception and Bimodal Enhancement. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 33(4), 635-650., external link (external link) , external link

Wood, E. A., Rovetti, J., & Russo, F. A. (2020). Vocal-motor interference eliminates the memory advantage for vocal melodies. Brain and Cognition, 145, 105622., external link (external link) , external link

Dubinsky, E., Wood, E. A., Nespoli, G., & Russo, F. A. (2019). Short-term choir singing supports speech-in-noise perception and neural pitch strength in older adults with age-related hearing loss. Frontiers in Neuroscience13, 1153. (external link) , external link

Livingstone, S. R., & Russo, F. A. (2018). The Ryerson Audio-Visual Database of Emotional Speech and Song (RAVDESS): A dynamic, multimodal set of facial and vocal expressions in North American English. PLoS ONE 13(5): e0196391., external link (external link) , external link

Goy, H., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Singh, G., & Russo, F. A. (2018). Hearing Aids Benefit Recognition of Words in Emotional Speech but Not Emotion Identification. Trends in Hearing, 22., external link (external link) , external link

Good, A., Choma, B., & Russo, F.A. (2017). Movement synchrony influences intergroup relations in a minimal groups paradigm. Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 39(4), 231-238., external link (external link) , external link

Livingstone, S. R., Vezer, E., McGarry, L. M., Lang, A., & Russo, F. A. (2016). Emotion identification deficits in Parkinson’s disease are related to deficits in the automatic mimicry of facial expression. Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 780., external link (external link) , external link

Sandstrom, G. M., & Russo, F. A. (2013). Absorption in music: A scale to identify individuals with strong emotional responses to music, Psychology of Music, 41, 216 - 228., external link, opens in new window (external link) , external link