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Effort and attention in musical experience

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.
Photo: Colourbox

Contents of musical experience

Musical experience often provides sensations of affect and pleasure, but it is also often mixed with sensations of sound-producing and sound-accompanying body motion.

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

Processing body motion data

In order to develop our understanding of these phenomena, we will in the course of this project record body motion data of performers and listeners. We will use available state-of-the-art technologies, and record data in every day and more experimental situations. With the subsequent extensive processing of the recorded data, we hope to detect and document the effort and attention involved in both the production and perception of music.

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 as well as in music education.

Published Mar. 9, 2020 1:38 PM - Last modified Aug. 27, 2020 9:50 PM

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