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Janeen Loehr


Fri Nov 23
Colloquium Series
Janeen Loehr
(University of Saskatchewan)
Sharing control during joint rhythm production: Cues and consequences
3:30 pm, Room 400B
4th floor, Music Building

Abstract: In this talk, I will describe a series of studies investigating the experience of joint agency, that is, the sense of “acting together” or “we-ness” that can arise during group music-making. In an initial set of experiments, we asked pairs of participants to produce very simple rhythms together and indicate the degree to which they experienced a sense of joint agency. These experiments provide evidence that a variety of cues strengthen the experience of joint agency, and show that experiencing joint agency has implications for how people adapt their actions in light of errors. I will next describe recent work investigating the brain signals that might underpin the sense of joint agency. Last, I will discuss projects that are currently underway examining the experience of joint agency during music-making with both novices and expert musicians. 

Biography: Janeen Loehr is an Assistant Professor in Cognition and Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She completed her PhD in cognitive psychology at McGill University in 2010, where she studied how musicians time their actions to achieve precise synchrony during duet music performance. She held a Marie Curie International Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Donders Institute for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science, The Netherlands, from 2010-2012. There she investigated the cognitive and neural mechanisms that allow people to share action goals and monitor their actions to ensure that shared goals are achieved. Her most recent research investigates people’s experiences of joint agency, that is, a sense of acting together, during group music-making; how the brain differentiates one’s own from others’ actions during interpersonal coordination; and the mechanisms that underlie the positive mental health benefits of group music-making.

Earlier Event: November 23
Contemporary Players