1. Making Music Together
My current position in Graz is funded by a Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Thanks to this, I conduct a research project that empirically explores peer-to-peer musical learning to improve existing learning methods, and to increase our knowledge of music as a participatory phenomenon. I am also working on new collaborative projects, building connections between music, the cognitive humanities, and the social and empirical sciences.
2. 4E Music Cognition
In my writings I defend a '4E' approach - one that conceives of the musical mind as Embodied, Embedded, Extended, and Enactive. While this framework is increasingly receiving attention in the cognitive sciences, it remains rather unexplored in music. My aim is to fill this gap and provide richer understandings of what music cognition really entails.
3. Broader Research Interests
My professional interests lie in: (i) the role of action and interaction in musical experience, (ii) the acquisition and development of musical skills in early infancy and in non-musicians, (iii) the links between perception, emotion, culture, and cognition, (iv) the psychology of musical creativity, and (V) the philosophical foundations of music psychology.
4. Collaborative Work
Most of my research is done in collaboration with colleagues working in music and other disciplines. I am extremely grateful to all of them, and to all the other scholars whose work inspired me throughout the years.