• Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, McMaster University
  • Roberts has held Guest Professorships at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) and the Humboldt University (Berlin) funded by the Deutsche Forchungsgemeinschaft
  • Has been a faculty member in the Summer Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College (USA).
  • From 2003-2008 he directed the MEG laboratory of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in Vancouver B.C. (affiliated with Simon Fraser University) while continuing to direct his laboratory at McMaster.



His research with colleagues Antoine Shahin, Laurel Trainor, and Daniel Bosnyak on how music training alters brain activity in professional musicians and in children enrolled in Suzuki music programs has been reported by the CBC, ABC, CNN, and Bloomberg Radio Networks, by the Globe and Mail, Dallas Morning News, Los Angeles Times, Hamilton Spectator, and the New York Times.   In 2002 Roberts organized a consortium of five laboratories in Canada and two abroad to investigate the neural basis of tinnitus and in November 2010 headed up a symposium on the topic at the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, California.


His research has been supported by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the American Tinnitus Association, and the Tinnitus Research Initiative.



  • Roberts LE, Eggermont JJ, Caspary DC, Shore SE, Melcher JR, Kaltenbach JA  (2010)  Ringing ears: The neuroscience of tinnitus.  Journal of Neuroscience 30:14972–14979.
  • Gander PE, Bosnyak, DJ, and Roberts LE (2010b).  Acoustic experience but not attention modifies neural population phase expressed in human primary auditory cortex.  Hearing Research  269:81-94.
  • Gander PE, Bosnyak, DJ, and Roberts LE (2010a).  Evidence for modality-specific but not frequency-specific modulation of human primary auditory cortex by attention.  Hearing Research 268:213-226.
  • Shahin AJ, Trainor LJ, Roberts LE, Backer CC, Miller, LM  (2010) Development of auditory phase-locked activity for music sounds  J. Neurophysiology 103:218-229.
  • Trainor LJ, Shahin AJ, Roberts LE (2009).  Understanding the benefits of musical training: effects on oscillatory brain activity.  Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1169:133-42.
  • Roberts LE, Moffat G, Baumann, M, Ward LM, and Bosnyak DJ. (2008). Residual inhibition functions overlap tinnitus spectra and the region of auditory threshold shift.  Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO).  9:417-435.
  • Shahin AJ, Roberts LE, Chau W, Trainor LJ, and Miller LM (2008).  Music training leads to the development of timbre-specific gamma band activity.  Neuroimage 41:113-122.
  • Wienbruch C, Paul I, Weisz N, Elbert T, Roberts LE. (2006)  Frequency organization of the 40-Hz auditory steady-state response in normal hearing and in tinnitus. Neuroimage 33:180-194.
  • Eggermont JJ,  Roberts LE  (2004)  The neuroscience of tinnitus.  Trends in Neurosciences, 27:676-682.