Exploring people's micromotion patterns – RITMO

Title: Exploring people's micromotion patterns when attempting to stand still while listening to music


It is commonly assumed that listening to musical sound, and particularly dance music with a clear pulse, makes us move. However, most empirical studies of music-induced motion have mainly focused on voluntary and fairly large-scale movement. The MICRO project has focused on investigating human micromotion observed when people try to stand still. Most people sway at a rate of around 7-10 mm/s. The data shows that people do, indeed, move a little more when listening to music, but this is only based on investigating average values for each person. 

This master's project will focus on exploring data collected from 5 editions of the Norwegian Championships of Standstill. The data includes continuous motion capture data and self-reports from around 600 people standing still for 6 minutes with and without music. 


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Relevant questions include: 

  • What types of features can be extracted from the continuous data? Would it help to look into the biological nature of micromotion (respiration, pulse, etc.)?

  • Is it possible to make a "thumbnail" or "motion signature" based on people's standstill data?

  • Are there any correlations between people's data? Are these related to people's background (age, gender, musical training, etc.)?

  • Are there any correlations between the continuous motion capture data and musical features? 

Key References:

  • Oslo Standstill Database (data set)

  • González Sánchez, V., Zelechowska, A., & Jensenius, A. R. (2018). Correspondences Between Music and Involuntary Human Micromotion During Standstill. Frontiers in Psychology9(1382). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01382

  • González Sánchez, V., Zelechowska, A., & Jensenius, A. R. (2019). Analysis of the Movement-Inducing Effects of Music through the Fractality of Head Sway during Standstill. Journal of Motor Behavior, 1–16.

  • Jensenius, A. R., Zelechowska, A., & Gonzalez-Sanchez, V. E. (2017). The Musical Influence on People’s Micromotion when Standing Still in Groups. Proceedings of the Sound and Music Computing Conference, 195–200. http://urn.nb.no/URN:NBN:no-58796

  • Zelechowska, A., Sanchez, V. G., & Jensenius, A. R. (2020). Standstill to the “beat”: Differences in involuntary movement responses to simple and complex rhythms. Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Audio Mostly, 107–113. https://doi.org/10.1145/3411109.3411139

Supervisor: Alexander Refsum Jensenius (a.r.jensenius@imv.uio.no) and Jim Tørresen (jimtoer@ifi.uio.no)

Publisert 4. okt. 2020 20:03 - Sist endret 18. okt. 2021 13:21

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