Diana Kayser

Diana Kayser

I am a research assistant at the institute of musicology at the University of Oslo.

Research interests: Music Psychology, Music and Neuroscience

Location Oslo


  • Hi Fi! At least I found a bunch of articles on musical emotions in autism. Have fun reading! ;)


  • that would be interesting indeed. But as far as I know, technology that can measure brain activity while moving is yet to be developed. Either your hooked up with a lot of cables (EEG) and are not allowed to move too much as this would lead to a huge amount of noise in the data ... or you are put into a scanner (fMRT) with limited movement possibilities...

  • FFT stands for Fast Fourier Transform. I hope this article from wikipedia helps you a bit! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Fourier_transform

  • I guess he would! We can try to invite him to our dance studies in the lab ;)

    Jokes aside, context and social/cultural background play a role in if and how much we move to music and there is still a lot of research to be done in that area.

  • Hey! This article might be interesting for you! I haven't had the time to read all of it, but it might answer your question: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/music-therapy-heart-cardiovascular/

  • haha, great video!

  • They can be placed on instruments, but sometimes it's a bit tricky. But you can find some articles and videos, just google "motion capture violin". :)

  • You can also just drag and drop the youtube link into the padlet

  • They are still practicing their moves!

  • I would really recommend the book "Embodied Cognition" by Marc Leman on this. :)

  • For one study, we actually transformed the lab into a club setting last year, which was a good compromise for researchers and participants.
    I agree that the context plays an important role, but there is also always the challenge between an ecological setting (as we call it) and methods we have available for a valid analysis of the data, that give us the...

  • There is actually a cross-cultural study on this, the words didn't change, they stayed the same. The study was posted by Valentine Gaval here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/music-moves/1/comments/10379508

  • There is actually a cross-cultural study on this, posted by Valentine Gaval here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/music-moves/1/comments/10379508

  • Hi Claire! I remember hearing something about that some young children have synesthesia, due to brain plasticity and the high amount of learning experiences. I have read about one person who associated letters with colours - and that have been the colours of the fridgemagnet-letters she or he learned spelling with. I think it was on RadioLab. If I find it,...

  • Diana Kayser replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    That is very interesting! Thanks for sharing this experience!

  • Valentine Gaval posted an intersting article in this: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/music-moves/1/comments/10379508

  • Thanks for this article! :)

  • I'm gonna try that while writing, Shane!
    Right now I'm listening to Frank Turner. This kind of music sometimes tends to motivate and energize me, whereas sometimes only listening to white noise can make me focus. Gonna try the rain next time (meaning in a few minutes)!

  • When you sing or hum under the shower you would accompany the sound that you're humming!
    A small step for (a) (wo)man, a big leap for classification.

  • "Does this assume the person is listening to an orchestra, on CD outside the shower? So the action is accompanying actual sounds."

    Yes, this is what it means.

    And your right, that it would be different from accompanying imagined music, since there is no actual sound.

  • I'm there now, too!

  • You can also see my movements on the Padlet-Page! A bit uncoordinated, but it was a lot of fun! :D

  • Hei Karen, I will forward the request for examples that clarify the Labanotation. Happy that you're enjoying the course!

  • Unfortunatly, none of the software works on an iPad. You would need a pc or laptop (windows or mac). The toolboxes only work if you have Matlab installed.

  • Yes, you would need Matlab for using the MIR Toolbox.

  • Very good comment! I will forward this to the teachers, perhaps they can wrap that up!

  • I will forward this question to the teachers! :)

  • Hei Celia! Do you also use music therapy with your Parkinson-patients?

  • Hei Natalia! I tried to make this point more clear in another discussion: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/music-moves/1/comments/10110474

  • Hei Paul!

    In music and movement, I guess, affordance can be used in the way that not everybody moves exactly the same way to the same music as we all perceive it in a different way. I really like Juan's example about how he and his grandmother react to funk music. If we would be in an experiment situation, we would get very different data from the two...

  • Hei David! Of course, this is a discussion board, but people can also earn a certificate with completing some of the tasks. That's why the specific answers to quizzes and test should not be discussed.
    But we're very happy for the discussion to be so vivid and manifold as it is in the other sections. :)

  • I think, affordance in relation to musical experience means (beyond other things) that every listener perceives music in different ways and thus reacts differently to the music. A music that makes you dance extensively might make me nod my head. Other people might tap their feet to the same piece while others sing or hum along.

  • actually, babies and toddlers move very spontaneously and quite a lot when they listen to music!

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  • That's an interesting point. A few years ago I went to see Ringo Starr and it was it was a seated event. Even though I moved a lot on my chair, I really wanted to get up and dance. During the last 3 songs we were invited to get up and dance and this was a much more "real" experience.

  • That is a very interesting point. Interestingly, I visited a lecture about mindfulness yesterday (with a little exercise in body-scanning) and it was a very new experience for me. I also like to move spontaneously, but that depends on the context I am in. If I am alone or feel comfortable with the people around me, I feel less inhibited than in other...

  • Lin, I actually had the experience of sitting down in a club all evening. The reason was that the music played was not "my" kind of music (I think it was mostly minimal, techno and house). I could just not engage with the music and had to leave after 2-3 hours.

  • I think it is a very good idea!

  • Where can we find your blog? I am sure it will be useful!

  • Hi Pai!

    I was wondering what kind of music you're listening to in order to reduce stress?