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Effort and attention in musical performance and perception

Music involves both our bodies and minds. How are effort and attention at work in this involvement?

Drums, and the hands of a drummer holding drumsticks.

Musical performance

Musical experiences often provide sensations of affect and pleasure, but they are often mixed with sensations of sound-producing and sound-accompanying body motion.

This project aims to enhance our understanding of the effort, both physical and mental, and the attention involved in the production and perception of music-related sound and other music-related multimodal phenomena.

Processing body motion data

To develop our understanding of effort and attention, we conduct studies of activities in both every day and more experimental situations. This is done using state-of-the-art motion capture and psychophysiological seeing technologies in our labs. The aim is to detect and document the effort and attention involved in both the production and perception of music.

Sound tracing. Above: Blue sound waves, underneath: sound waves in black and white. Illustration.

Final goal

Besides contributing to our basic understanding of music, this project will result in useful insights on various musical skills with applications in musical creativity and music education.

Published Mar. 9, 2020 1:38 PM - Last modified Sep. 23, 2022 12:25 PM