Anita Paas

Research StudentAnita Paas

Research Program: Music Cognition and Action

Thesis Title

Errors in joint musical action: Self vs. Other

Research Project

Joint action is an important part of successful cooperative activity, especially in musical performance. When performing together, musicians need to focus on their own performance but also monitor the performance of their fellow musicians so that they can stay in time with each other.

We have all been to a live music performance and heard a mistake or two throughout, but how do these errors affect the performers themselves?
I am interested in the underlying mechanisms of errors in combined musical performance, depending on who makes the error. For example, if you are playing a piano duet with a friend and you make a mistake, do you adapt your behaviour differently than if your friend makes a mistake? What are the social, cognitive and neural mechanisms of your own errors compared to someone else's errors?

In my thesis, I plan to investigate these questions using behavioural and neurological (EEG, TMS) methods.

Qualifications and Honours

  • 2004 – BA Music (Hons), York University, Toronto, Canada
  • 2012 – BA Psychology (Hons), University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
  • 2013 – MSc in Music, Mind, and Brain, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Contact Anita
Phone+61 2 9772 6107
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)