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I am a postdoctoral researcher in the "Neural and Environmental Rhythms" research group at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany. I obtained my Ph.D. in psychology at Cornell University. My Bachelor's degree is in both psychology and music. I study the psychological and neural processes involved in music-related activities. My research aims to better understand human perception and cognition through music listening and dancing in various social contexts.

My Ph.D. work primarily focused on two projects with Carol Krumhansl. One project explored real-time recognition of musical themes in relation to interest in Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments. The other project focuses on the perceptual isomorphism and the interaction between pitch and time. Specifically, I am interested in the isomorphism underlying perceptual principles shared between the diatonic scale pattern and the standard rhythmic pattern, and between the pentatonic scale pattern and the bell rhythmic pattern. 


One of my ongoing projects is in collaboration with Petri Toiviainen's music group at University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Using the motion capture technology, I investigate how dyads move together to music in social dances such as tango. I am particularly interested the effect of auditory richness on physical synchrony, perceived synchrony, and social closeness between the dancers.


Another ongoing project is in collaboration with Vivian Zayas, a social psychologist at Cornell University. To explore music listening as a shared experience, I study the effect of various social contexts on listeners' mood, judgment of self, social affiliation, and perception of music, such as groove.

Broadly, my research concerns both the overarching principles and the case-by-case responses in music-related activities. In doing so, I build connections between perceptual and cognitive processes, music theories, and kinematics.

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