Lectures and seminars Brain and Culture lecture: Timing is everything: The role of synchrony during musical engagement
Speaker: Lauren K. Fink, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt
Hosts: Gunnar Bjursell and John Sennett
Timing is everything: The role of synchrony during musical engagement
Music unfolds over time, enabling performers and listeners to form expectations about when certain events will happen, or to move their bodies with the music. But how do we form such time-based expectations? And what is the role of timing in shaping our perception, attention, and subjective experiences during musical engagement? In this talk, I discuss my research over the past 5 years, which attempts to answer these questions from different angles, and in a variety of musical contexts. From computational models to predict listener attention, to group music-making experiments that alter the ability of people to move in time together, I will provide an overview of the importance of synchronization in shaping attention and subjective experience during musical engagement.
Lauren Fink is a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In January 2023, she will move to McMaster University (Canada) for a professorship in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. Lauren holds degrees in Percussion Performance (BM; University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music), Music Studies (MPhil; University of Cambridge), and Neuroscience (PhD; University of California, Davis).