Food & Paper: Silence in the Brain: Perspectives from Music Performance (Anna Zamm)

This week's Food & Paper will be given by special guest Anna Zamm (Aarhus University) 

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Silence is inherent to human communication - speech partners pause between turns, musical partners pause expressively between phrases. Such silences are often unmeasured, meaning that it is up to interaction partners to spontaneously (and often implicitly) determine for how long silences should occur before resuming active communication. Silences therefore represent a unique challenge for social coordination. My talk will address the behavioural and neural mechanisms of how humans coordinate silence in interaction, focusing specifically on joint music-making as a paradigm of social coordination. 

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I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science at Aarhus University (AU). My research takes a cognitive neuroscience approach to investigating how humans synchronize actions with one another, such as when they play ensemble music. I address this question using behavioural and dual-brain EEG methods. Prior to joining AU, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the Social Mind and Body Lab at Central European University, and before that I received my PhD in Psychology from McGill University (research area: Cognition & Cognitive Neuroscience).


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Published May 9, 2022 4:17 PM - Last modified May 24, 2022 11:28 AM