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Sonnadara, Ranil


Ranil Sonnadara is the Special Advisor to the Vice-President (Research), the Director of Education Science and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at McMaster University. In his role as Special Advisor to the Vice-President (Research), he provides guidance and leadership on strategic priorities and institutional policies related to research and advanced computing. His immense research interests include sound design, behavioural neuroscience, creating auditory and multisensory experiences for audiences, and improving training methods for health professionals, musicians and athletes. The Sonnadara Lab studies how we learn new skills and evaluate performance, with a specific interest in how experiences help shape our sensory and motor systems. Ranil’s interest in aging research focuses on age-related hearing decline, improving assistive devices for the hearing impaired, specifically in older adults, smart prosthetics for older adult amputees, age-related cortical plasticity, and language-based predictors of cognitive decline.


  • PhD Experimental Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience), McMaster University
  • MSc Psychology & Physiology, University of Leeds
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