Music Cognition and Action

iStock_000015807107Medium.jpgUsing 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?

Neurocognitive mechanisms for perception-action coupling

Sensorimotor synchronisation, entrainment, and rhythm perception and production

Developing and modelling ensemble skillsĀ 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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