MARCS Afternoon Colloquium (MAC) (Room 3.G.55 - Building 3)
Professor Peter Keller
Topic: Music as a Microcosm of Human Interaction
Speaker: Professor Peter Keller
Abstract: Making music in groups is a widespread human activity and a powerful medium for nonverbal communication, social bonding, and cultural transmission. While group music making is essentially a vehicle for affective and aesthetic expression, it can also be viewed as a microcosm of social interaction to the extent that it draws on a broad spectrum of sensory, perceptual, cognitive, motor, and emotional processes that support collaborative behaviour more generally in everyday life. My talk will address collective musical behaviour in terms of what it is (at a descriptive level), why we do it (at the level of adaptive functions), and how we do it (at a mechanistic level). With regard to psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms, I will give an overview of empirical studies that investigated the behavioral and brain bases of musical coordination using controlled laboratory paradigms and naturalistic musical tasks. The results of these studies delineate links between basic sensory-motor processes that enable individuals 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’.
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The zoom ID is: 627 146 998. Link to zoom https://uws.zoom.us/j/627146998