I hold degrees in Music and Psychology from the University of New South Wales in Australia. I am currently Professor of Cognitive Science and leader of the ‘Music Cognition and Action’ research program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. I conduct research aimed at understanding the behavioural and brain bases of human interaction in musical contexts.
Music and dance are far from idle pastimes. They are universal forms of expression and deeply rewarding activities that fulfil diverse social functions. Both feature in all the worlds cultures and throughout history. A...