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Joint Action; Models of Music and Movement Interactions in Time

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IPEM, the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, together with EU COST Action TIMELY, is organising a 2-day symposium on Joint Action; Models in Movement and Music Interactions in Time: JAMMMIT
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IPEM, the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, together with EU COST Action TIMELY, is organising a 2-day symposium on Joint Action; Models in Movement and Music Interactions in Time: JAMMMIT

June 12th & 13th, 2012, Ghent, Belgium

Organising committee:
Prof. Dr. Ir. Leon van Noorden
Prof. Dr. Marc Leman
Dr. Chris Muller
Dr. Michiel Demey

The organising committee is interested in publishing a Research Topic in the journal Frontiers of Cognitive Science dedicated to the research that will be presented at this symposium.

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Joint action denotes coordinated, synchronised actions performed by a number of individuals together, and is characterised by shared goals. Joint action is a crucial aspect of social interaction, given that it has been shown to promote a sense of connectedness and increased rapport between individuals in a group. Until recently, research in joint action and social interaction has focused on interpersonal synchrony and it has often been concerned with modelling the temporal aspects of interacting systems. A more recent development is looking at joint action from an embodied cognition point of view, in which the action-perception cycle in behaviour is investigated, especially when the focus lies on how the sensory information that an individual can gather from the environment, including the behaviour of other individuals, impacts his or her behaviour.

A framework of joint action is emerging that can explain tightly related concepts such as action understanding, intention, and social cognition. The recent developments in this field promise a fertile path for investigating music listening- and performance from both a joint action- and an embodied cognition perspective.

Playing music together as a group is the pinnacle of human cognitive capacities, demanding the full deployment of attentional mechanisms, fine spatio-temporal motor control, correct anticipation, movement synchronisation and social aspects as action understanding and group interaction. The purpose of this symposium is to bring out and discuss new ways of studying, i.e. measuring and modelling, the spatio-temporal aspects of music and movement with a special focus on the intentions of the people involved.

Topics covered will include: experience and meaning formation, haptic coupling as a model for joint action in music, entrainment, movement synchronisation, joint action, emotion, motivational aspects of music, intention, action understanding, social components of entrainment, and in a concert; polyrhythmic composition.

In 2007, the Flemish government allocated a substantial project funding to Professor Marc Leman, director of IPEM, to continue and expand on his groundbreaking work in Embodied Music Cognition. This symposium will also partly serve to present the project’s midway results to internationally leading experts. It will stimulate the development of international collaborative efforts and discussion on the most fruitful direction for the future research path. All contributing researchers will present new and original work, which will form a multi-disciplinary state of the art in joint action research.

One unifying aspect of all the fields represented in the symposium is the inherently cognitive aspect of the topics covered. Moreover, the combination of disciplines that aim in building an all-encompassing framework of j


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