Laurel Trainor is a professor of psychology, neuroscience and behaviour. She is a cognitive psychologist whose work brings together both music and science in the study of perception, cognition and neuroscience of music. Laurel serves as the founding member and current director of the LIVE Lab at McMaster University. The LIVE Lab researches how performers and audiences interact, and how music can be used to promote health and well-being. She is a trained musician and is still active as principal flutist of Symphony Hamilton.