JAMMIT - Joint Action; Models in Movement and Music Interaction in Time

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Joint action denotes coordinated, synchronized actions performed by a number of individuals together, and is characterized 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 modeling the temporal aspects of interacting systems. A recent development is looking at joint action from an embodied cognition point of view, in which the action-perception cycle in behavior is investigated, especially when the focus lies on how the sensory information that an individual can gather from the environment, including the behavior of other individuals, impacts his or her behavior.

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 synchronization 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 modeling, 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 invited researchers will present new and original work, which would form a multi-disciplinary state of the art in joint action research.


Tentative Schedule


Tuesday 12-06-2012

13-18h presentations:


Elisabeth Pacherie: The Phenomenology of Joint Action: Self-Agency vs. Joint-Agency.


Peter Keller: Factors that affect the quality of temporal coordination in rhythmic interpersonal behavior


Janeen Loehr: Representing and monitoring shared action goals: Evidence from duet music performance


Costas Karageorghis: Reconceptualising the application of music in the exercise domain


Leon van Noorden: The Motivational Power of Music


Bart Moens: The influence of motivational music on running performance



18-19.30u: posters

20.30-22u: Concert with temporally complex music



Wednesday 13-06-2012

09-12h and 14-16h presentations:


Martin Clayton: Entrainment and Interaction in Musical Performance


Bjorn Vickhoff & Rickard Astrom: Body Score


Marc Leman: Activating and relaxing effects of music on kinematic parameters of walking


Fred Cummins: Skilled Movement and Synchronization


Chris Muller: Multi-modal cues for entrainment to a musical beat, music vs peer pressure


Michiel Demey: DanSync - The effect of social interaction on entrainment parameters, a multimedial game case study


Hans Roels: The Synchronization of Simultaneity in Western contemporary classical music