Music Cognition and Action

Using behavioural and neurophysiological approaches, we investigate the temporal dynamics in individual and group performance, perception, and creation of music and dance.

The complexity of human interaction and communication is quintessential in the temporal arts, music and dance. Coordination and communication in performing and perceiving music, action, and dance are studied as the means to understand synchronisation, affect and emotion, learning and memory, creativity, interpersonal interactions and social processes.

Research questions include: how do processes of imagery, attention and synchronisation contribute to high precision performance in musical and dance ensembles, and to audience appreciation; how are complex sequences of movement and music learned, imagined, and retained across the lifespan?


Participate in Music Research

The Music Cognition and Action research group is currently seeking musically trained individuals who are interested in participating in music experiments.

The types of experiments that we conduct include music listening studies, music performance studies, and brain-imaging studies.

If you are interested in participating in our music research, please click here to register your interest.


MCA Research Themes

Neurocognitive mechanisms for perception-action coupling

Sensorimotor synchronisation, entrainment, and rhythm perception and production

Developing and modelling ensemble skills and joint action

Perceiving loudness and its relation to affect

Improvising and creating dance and music

Associative learning including action and dance sequences


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