Keywords: music, physiology, eye tracking, phase locking, absorption, motor behavior, social synchrony, technology, feeling in the groove.
On this episode, we discuss the relationship between music and human physiology, and highlight some interesting findings from Lauren's dissertation work at UC Davis (see video below for a taste of what's to come).
About the Guest:
Lauren Fink holds a PhD in neuroscience from the University of California, Davis, where she was supervised by Dr. Petr Janata. Previously, Lauren attended the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Allen Otte of the Percussion Group Cincinnati and earned her Bachelors of Music in percussion performance. Lauren also holds an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, where she conducted research in the Center for Music & Science and was supervised by Dr. Ian Cross.
Lauren has been a visiting researcher at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, the Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. She was the scientific co-chair of a Conference on Music and Eye-Tracking and a guest editor of a Special Issue on the same topic for the Journal of Eye Movement Research.
In addition to her research, Lauren leads a neuroscience diversity initiative: SOMA: Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy. She also volunteers with non-profit organization Girls Rock Sacramento and serves on the peer review panel of the California Arts Council.
Soon, Lauren will be moving to Frankfurt, Germany for a postdoctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics.
Learn more about her on her website: https://lkfink.github.io