Joint Action, Models of Music and Movement Interactions in Time
International Workshop
IPEM - Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music
Ghent University
12 - 13 June 2012, Ghent

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

The number of participants is limited to 65 so please register here well in advance to ensure your seat.

For those students enrolled in a training program it is possible to reward 3 ECTS credits for the participation in this workshop.

The topics adressed in this workshop will be published as a special issue in Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience.
Ghent University
AOG - Muziek
Key-note speakers
Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Pacherie
Prof. Dr. Martin Clayton
Tentative Schedule

Tuesday 12-06-2012

13-17h30 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 behaviour
Janeen Loehr: Representing and monitoring shared action goals: Evidence from duet music performance
Leon van Noorden: Resonance, Synchronisation and Motivation in Moving to Music
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

17h30-19.30u: posters + walking dinner

20.00-22u: Concert with temporally complex music

Wednesday 13-06-2012

09-12h and 13h30-15h 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
Costas Karageorghis: Reconceptualising the application of music in the exercise domain
Bart Moens: Spontaneous gait synchronisation in walking to music
Hans Roels: The Synchronization of Simultaneity in Western contemporary classical music

Dr. Chris Muller, Post Doctoral Researcher, IPEM/UGent
Prof. Dr. Ir. Leon van Noorden, Professor, IPEM/UGent
Prof. Dr. Marc Leman, Professor, IPEM/UGent
Scientific Committee
Prof. Dr. Ir. Leon van Noorden, Professor, IPEM/UGent
Prof. Dr. Marc Leman, Professor, IPEM/UGent
Prof. Dr. Régine Kolinsky, Professor, UNESCOG/ULB
Dr. Chris Muller, Post Doctoral Researcher, IPEM/UGent
Dr. Michiel Demey, Post Doctoral Researcher, IPEM/UGent
Organizing Committee
Dr. Chris Muller, Post Doctoral Researcher, IPEM/UGent
Hans Roels, Doctoral Student, University College Ghent
Aagje Lachaert, Administrative manager, IPEM/UGent
Katrien Debouck, Administrative manager, IPEM/UGent
Ivan Schepers, Technical staff, IPEM/UGent
Important Dates
May 25th: Deadline registration workshop (register here)
June 12 - 13: Workshop
Practical Info
Location: Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, 9000 Gent

Registration fee: for the 2 days 50€ (including coffee, walking dinner and concert)
The registration fee of 50,-€ can only be deposited to the JAMMMIT account.
JAMMMIT bank details:
Please include the following code with the payment ! [1/55630], failure to do so will void any payment as a registration fee.

Registration form: here

Accomodation: info Katrien Debouck