The Groove Project


This project aims to understand why interacting with music and with others in musical contexts can be so pleasurable. What goes on in your brain when the musical interaction seems so perfect that you feel like you are one with the music?


  • Hurley, B.K., Martens, P. A., & Janata, P. (in press). Spontaneous sensorimotor coupling with multipart music. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.
  • Fairhurst, M. T., Janata, P., & Keller, P. E. (2014). Leading the follower: An fMRI investigation of dynamic cooperativity and leader-follower strategies in synchronization with an adaptive virtual partner. Neuroimage, 84, 688-697. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.09.027
  • Fairhurst, M. T., Janata, P., & Keller, P. E. (2013). Being and Feeling in Sync with an Adaptive Virtual Partner: Brain Mechanisms Underlying Dynamic Cooperativity. Cerebral Cortex, 23(11), 2592-2600. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs243 Online ahead of print
  • Janata, P., Tomic, S. T., & Haberman, J. (2012). Sensorimotor coupling in music and the psychology of the groove. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(1): 54–75. doi: 10.1037/a0024208
  • Tomic, S. T., & Janata, P. (2008). Beyond the beat: modeling metric structure in music and performance. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 124(6): 4024–4041. (also see our local project web-page with relevant code ).
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