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    Feeling groovy – microtiming in swing and funk

    Hello Dear Reader, Well, here we are in 2016! This blog enters its 6th year of existence and you and I continue to learn more and more about the wonderful world of music psychology. It makes me feel like having a little dance in celebration. And with that thought in mind, I turn to the new paper of interest for this blog. Microtiming in Swing and Funk affects the body movement behaviour of music expert listeners by Lorenz Kilchenmann and Olivier Senn, published August 2015 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Lorenz and Olivier are colleagues of mine from the Hochschule Luzern in Switzerland. I was living in Luzern and…

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    Music and Neurosciences V – Blog 6 (Dance and the Brain)

    Hello Dear Reader Symposium 6 from this year’s Music and Neurosciences conference marked an interesting departure from the norm – it was entitled Dance and the Brain. In my book ‘You Are The Music’ I talk about the importance of music for dance and also discuss briefly the fact that it is a shame there are not more studies that are interested in both art forms. It seems that now there are at least a couple of researchers seeking to address this gap in our understanding. The first talk was by Emily Cross, who studies the impact on sensorimotor experience on the affective evaluation of movement. In other words, do professional dancers…

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