In the BrAIn Lab, we study how people perform actions alone and together with other people. Current projects focus primarily on joint actions, in which two or more people coordinate their actions to achieve a shared goal, such as a musical duet, a conversation, or moving a couch from point A to point B. The links below provide more information about the types of questions we’re currently investigating.
Synchronizing actions with other people can have positive benefits for both individuals and groups. For example, group singing and drumming have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and increase positive mood, even among people with little or no musical experience. We are currently using EEG to investigate the neural basis of these benefits. We are particularly interested in how coordination among multiple people’s brain activity during group performance contributes to these benefits. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Nicol, a counseling psychologist and music therapist at the University of Saskatchewan.
Loehr, J.D., Large, E. W., & Palmer, C. (2011). Temporal coordination and adaptation to rate change in music performance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 37, 1292-1309.
Loehr, J.D., & Palmer, C. (2011). Temporal coordination between performing musicians. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64, 2153-2167.