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From sensory-motor to social influences on human interaction through music

Location:  TEL, Room Auditorium 3 (20th floor), Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, 10587 Berlin

Date/Time: 04.02.2019, 14:15-15:00 

Speaker: Prof. Peter Keller (Western Sydney University)

Abstract

Group music making, as in musical ensemble performance, showcases the remarkable human capacity for precise yet flexible interpersonal coordination. While this capacity is widespread and fundamental to daily life, it is nevertheless characterized by large individual differences. I will present a series of studies that investigate the behavioural and brain bases of these individual differences using controlled laboratory paradigms and naturalistic musical tasks, as well as related computational modelling, neuroimaging, and brain stimulation approaches. Results delineate links between basic sensory-motor mechanisms that enable co-performers to anticipate and adapt to each other’s actions, aspects of personality including empathy, and social-cognitive processes that regulate the balance between psychological representations of ‘self’ and ‘other’.

 

Biography:

Peter Keller conducts research that is aimed at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts. His specific interests include the cognitive and motor processes that enable ensemble musicians to coordinate with one another.

Peter has served as Editor of the interdisciplinary journal 'Empirical Musicology Review' (2010-2012) and as a member of the Editorial Board at 'Advances in Cognitive Psychology' (2005-2015). He is currently an Associate Editor at 'Royal Society Open Science' and a Consulting Editor for 'Music Perception' and 'Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain'.

Peter has previously held research positions at Haskins Laboratories (New Haven, USA), the Max Planck Institute for Psychological Research (Munich, Germany), and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig, Germany), where he led the Max Planck Research Group for Music Cognition and Action.

Research Interests

  • Musical ensemble coordination
  • Sensorimotor synchronization
  • Musical imagery
  • Motor control in music performance
  • Musical improvisation

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