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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Mission Statement

HAEL serves for purposes of teaching, demonstration, and research. It combines apparatus-driven research with introspective, phenomenological and qualitative approaches. These will be applied to audio-based cognitive tasks and to the resulting processes and social interactions.

Our aim is to investigate emergent processes in the context of musical situations in the widest possible sense. Paradigms of post-functional neuro-cognitive research may thus be validated and possibly extended.

Strategically, HAEL can be grouped among the research labs with an interventionist orientation, enabling it to quickly develop new experimental modes. It complements existing music psychology labs and has, in addition, a place among the technical resources of the institute (signal lab, media theatre, working space for sound and media technologies, video studio).

HAEL plans to target constructs of social cognition (empathy, autobiography, social cognizing) and phenomena such as enacting inter-subjectivity by way of stepwise modellings and hybrid experimental settings. On the long run, HAEL intends to model transcultural situations in a non-reductive manner.

HAEL is equipped with systems for monitoring electrical brain activity (EEG), psycho-physiology and eye-tracking. The implementation of hyper scanning is aimed at exploring phenomena such as synchronization, joint action and con-sensuality. Beyond this, brain computer interfaces and bio-feedback procedures will come into focus.

Methodologically, the lab seeks connections to actor-network-theory, theories of musical mediations and to the critical neurosciences.

HAEL will fulfill a double function: it will (i) explore emerging processes and (ii) expose the epistemological form of gaining these data. The lab can be characterized as a specific arrangement of actors, of forms of expertise, technologies, parametrizations and objectivity standards.