Research Area: Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
My main interest area is how perception and action are linked together and act as a coordinated system. Specifically I am interested in sensory-motor coordination and the feedback mechanisms underlying skilled motor actions. Currently I am investigating singing under varying feedback mechanisms for skilled audio-motor control of pitch and timing. Another area I am working on is the relationship between music & movement. Using a computational modeling approach I am investigating the relationship between expressive timing in music and the laws of physical motion in the real world. Finally, another line of my research is concerned with using immersive virtual environments to study spatio-motor tasks within an environment that allows sensory perturbations so that the perception-action linkage can be broken and explored. Through series of both real and virtual world experiments, we explore the kinematics of throwing motions under conditions of restricted or altered visual feedback. In line with this, my interest concentrates on exploring the parity and differences between actions that are self-performed and observed, in terms of the underlying motor prediction mechanisms and action-effect relations.