Calendar of Events

Department of Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Matthew Rodger, Queens University (Belfast)

“What can we do with sound: auditory-motor coordination and its applications”

  1. Friday April 17 2:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall

Our senses are our channels of contact with the world around us. Although we have traditionally thought of our different senses (touch, taste, etc.) as separate and having distinct jobs to do, it is becoming clear that the brain is not so neatly compartmentalized. Signals from different senses interact with each other, and the same information about the world can be accessed via different sensory channels. These discoveries have been important for understanding our auditory sense. We are finding that perception of things that were assumed to rely on vision or touch, such as shape, size or motions of objects, may also be perceived through sound. However, while this research has largely focussed on how we recognize these sorts of aspects of objects and events, perception is primarily for helping us navigate and interact with the world around us. That is, perception is intimately connected with action and vice versa. To get a better picture of the roles and potentials of the auditory sense, we need to explore how sounds can be actively brought into use to coordinate purposeful behavior. In this presentation, I will discuss research into how auditory perception can influence and guide different types of action. I will also describe some real-world scenarios in which these processes may be applied, including clinical gait rehabilitation and motor skill learning.

Free - no tickets required