Topic: Music and Motion
Catherine Stevens is a cognitive psychologist who applies experimental methods to the study of auditory and temporal phenomena including music, dance, and environmental sounds. Examples of research questions being investigated collaboratively with colleagues and research students include: How are complex non-verbal, temporal events such as music and contemporary dance learned, recalled, and recognized? What role do intensity dynamics and change play in perceptual and emotional responses to music? Can expectations of complex metres and temporal relations in music be acquired implicitly? Kate holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney; in 1996 she established the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS). Kate is a Professor in Psychology and convenes the Music, Sound, and Action group in MARCS Auditory Laboratories at the University of Western Sydney (http://marcs.uws.edu.au).