PhD, Associate professor, Researcher
Address: Department of Psychology
Behavioural Sciences Building
S-901 87 Umeå
Ph: 46 (0)90 - 786 64 01
Cell: 46(0)70 - 554 30 34
Fax: 46 (0)90 - 786 66 95
Current research projects
- Synchronisation. People are very apt to co-ordinate their movements (including the voice) with other events with a high level of precision, as apparent in music and ensemble playing. I experimentally study synchronisation with a range of different sound patterns, and the results are used to construct models that describe and simulate human behaviour.
- The relation between timing (to judge time and control one's behaviour in time) and cognitive ability (executive functions, psychometric intelligence). Click here to see the description for a project related to these issues, supported by Vetenskapsrådet.
- Ethologi of children with ADHD, in particular with respect to timing, reaction time, inhibition, and attention.
- The experience of groove or "swing" in music; what is its function and biological basis, and how is it related to properties of the sound signal? Click here to see the description for a project related to these issues, supported by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
- Music preferences, in particular as a function of repeated exposure.
- Physiological reactions to music and other sound patterns. Click here to see the description for a project related to these issues, supported by Centrum för Idrottsforskning.
- The human rhythmic ability and its biological basis: Adaption, ethology, neurology, and comparisons with other species (evolutionary psychology, comparative psychology). Click here for an article on this topic.
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Previous and future research includes
- Non-linear phenomena in behavioural science and neuroscience, specifically applied to the production of time intervals and rhythm. I use a number of numerical methods to describe statistical dependencies in data, also known as random fractals, long-memory processes, or fractional Gaussian noise. Methods employed are box-plot, Frequency Domain Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE), Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (DFA), and Dispersional Analysis. See some related papers in my publication list.
- Expression and communication of emotions in music.
- Temporal integration, i.e. how sensory information is integrated over time.
- Learning och training, in particular related to high-level skills such as music, sports, craftsmanship etc.
- Artificial/synthetic music (computer-generated or algorithmic music).
- Human ethology or human nature from an evolutionary and comparative perspective.