The Methusalem project is the major project at IPEM. The goal of this long-term project is to study the foundations of expressive music interaction. Expression is thereby believed to be a backchannel for the enactment of music, and thus of musical meaning formation. The goal is to elaborate on the role of embodied music cognition in musical activities such as listening, dancing, performing. The project aims at going deeper into mechanisms that underpin music cognition, such as auditory mechanisms, motor resonances, emotional reflexes. The focus is on how predictive capacities of these mechanisms feed the highly adaptive predictive capacities of human cognition. The project aims at applying our knowhow in different areas covering music education, sports, rehabilitation, multimedia art. The research tracks support by this long-term project can be found here.


Promotor: M. Leman
External advisors: T. Fritz (Max Planck Inst., Leipzig), E. Brattico (Aarhus Univ.), D. Glowinski (Univ. of Geneva)
Financial Support:

Flemish Government, BOF UGent