Marc R. Thompson

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Music has the capacity to induce movement in humans. Such responses during music listening are usually spontaneous and range from tapping to full-body dancing. However, it is still unclear how humans embody musical structures to facilitate entrainment. This paper describes two experiments, one dealing with period locking to different metrical levels in(More)
Music makes us move. Several factors can affect the characteristics of such movements, including individual factors or musical features. For this study, we investigated the effect of rhythm- and timbre-related musical features as well as tempo on movement characteristics. Sixty participants were presented with 30 musical stimuli representing different(More)
In musical performance, bodily gestures play an important role in communicating expressive intentions to audiences. Although previous studies have demonstrated that visual information can have an effect on the perceived expressivity of musical performances, the investigation of audiovisual interactions has been held back by the technical difficulties(More)
Music and bodily movement are closely linked. Often, the movements associated with music are synchronized with the beat, or tactus, of the music. The latter refers to the subjective sense of periodicity in music evoked by temporal regularities in the acoustical signal. In addition to the tactus, we perceive other pulses with different periods. These are(More)
Auditory feedback plays an important role for many educational technologies. This work is part of an on-going study that aims to explore whether the aggregation of sound to visuals on a tabletop may enhance users’ interaction and be beneficial for the learning of abstract science concepts. In this paper, we present findings from our initial study in which a(More)
In our everyday interactions with others, we rhythmically entrain with the movements of each other’s bodies and voices, and this entrainment seems to share a quality with that of musical interaction. In order to understand this quality, we have taken the case of improvisation where both musical and linguistic interaction are considered as performance, and(More)
Movements are capable of conveying emotions, as shown for instance in studies on both non-verbal gestures and music-specific movements performed by instrumentalists or professional dancers. Since dancing/moving to music is a common human activity, this study aims at investigating whether quasi-spontaneous musicinduced movements of non-professional dancers(More)
Previous research has shown broad relationships between personality and dance, but the relationship between personality and specific structural features of music has not been explored. The current study explores the influence of personality and trait empathy on dancers' responsiveness to small tempo differences between otherwise musically identical stimuli,(More)
Musical tempo is most strongly associated with the rate of the beat or "tactus," which may be defined as the most prominent rhythmic periodicity present in the music, typically in a range of 1.67-2 Hz. However, other factors such as rhythmic density, mean rhythmic inter-onset interval, metrical (accentual) structure, and rhythmic complexity can affect(More)
Previous studies have found relationships between music-induced movement and musical characteristics on more general levels, such as tempo or pulse clarity. This study focused on synchronization abilities to music of finely-varying tempi and varying degrees of low-frequency spectral change/flux. Excerpts from six classic Motown/R&B songs at three different(More)