Dr. Birgitta Burger

Research Focus

  • Role of the body during (aesthetic) music perception
  • Music and movement/dance
  • Synchronization and entrainment
  • Rhythm perception and embodiment in cultural contexts

Vita

Academic Education

2009-2013

PhD in Musicology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

2002-2008

Studies in Musicology, Informatics, and Phonetics, University of Cologne/Köln, Germany

Professionals Experience

Since 2014Postdoc Researcher, University of Jyväskylä, Finnland (current project: Dancing to the same beat, funded by the Academy of Finland)
2018

Guest researcher, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics

2014

Guest researcher, MARCS, Western Sydney University, Australia

  

Publications

Publications

Journal and handbook articles

Burger, B., London, J., Thompson, M.R., & Toiviainen, P. (2017). Synchronization to metrical levels in music depends on event density. Psychological Research. doi:10.1007/s00426-017-0894-2

Carlson, E., Saari, P., Burger, B., & Toiviainen, P. (2017). Personality and musical preference using social-tagging in expert-selection. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 27(3), 203-212.

Földes, Z., Ala-Ruona, E., Burger, B., & Orsi, G. (2017). Anxiety Reduction with Music and Tempo Synchronization on Magnetic Resonance Imaging Patients. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 27(4), 343-349.

Little, N., Burger, B., & Croucher, S.M. (2017). EDM and Ecstasy: The lived experiences of electronic dance music festival attendees. Journal of New Music Research, 47(1), 78-95.

Van Dyck, E., Burger, B. & Orlandatou, K. (2017). The Communication of Emotions in Dance. In M. Lesaffre, P.-J. Maes, & M. Leman (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction (pp. 122-130). New York, NY, London, UK: Routledge.

Carlson, E. & Burger, B. & London, J. & Thompson, M.& Toiviainen, P. (2016). Conscientiousness and Extraversion relate to responsiveness to tempo in dance. Human Movement Science, 49, 315-325.

London, J., Burger, B., Thompson, M.R., & Toiviainen, P. (2016). Speed on the Dance Floor: Auditory and Visual Cues for Musical Tempo. Acta Psychologica, 164, 70-80.

Puupponen, A., Wainio, T., Burger, B., & Jantunen, T. (2015). Head movements in Finnish sign language on the basis of motion capture data: A study of the form and function of nods, nodding, head thrusts, and head pulls. Sign Language and Linguistics, 18(1), 41-89.

Burger, B., Thompson, M. R., Saarikallio, S., Luck, G., & Toiviainen, P. (2014). Hunting for the beat in the body: On period and phase locking in music-induced movement. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:903, 1-16.

Luck, G., Saarikallio, S., Burger, B., Thompson, Marc R., Toiviainen, P. (2014). Emotion-driven encoding of music preference and personality in dance. Musicae Scientiae, 18(3), 307-323.

Burger, B., Saarikallio, S., Luck, G., Thompson, M. R. & Toiviainen, P. (2013). Relationships between perceived emotions in music and music-induced movement. Music Perception, 30(5), 519-535.

Burger, B., Thompson, M. R., Saarikallio, S., Luck, G., & Toiviainen, P. (2013). Influences of rhythm- and timbre-related musical features on characteristics of music-induced movement. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:183, 1-10.

Saarikallio, S., Luck, G., Burger, B., Thompson, M. R., & Toiviainen, P. (2013). Dance moves reflect current affective state illustrative of approach-avoidance motivation. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 7(3), 296-305.

Luck, G., Saarikallio, S., Burger, B., Thompson, M. R., & Toiviainen, P. (2010). Effects of the Big Five and musical genre on music-induced movement. Journal of Research in Personality, 44(6), 714-720.

Selected Conference Proceedings

Järvinen-Lepistö, P., Burger, B., & Ala-Ruona, E. (2014). Motor performance in post-stroke recovery using active music therapy. In Proceedings of the 13th International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition - 5th Conference of Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.

Burger, B., Polet, J., Luck, G., Thompson, M. R., Saarikallio, S., & Toiviainen, P. (2013). Investigating relationships between music, emotions, personality, and music-induced movement. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Music and Emotion. Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä.

Burger, B., Thompson, M. R., Saarikallio, S., Luck, G., & Toiviainen, P. (2013). Oh happy dance: Emotion recognition in dance movement. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Music and Emotion. Jyväskylä, Finland: University of Jyväskylä.

Burger, B. & Toiviainen, P. (2013). MoCap Toolbox - A Matlab toolbox for computational analysis of movement data. In Proceedings of the 10th Sound and Music Computing Conference, (pp. 172-178). Stockholm, Sweden: KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Burger, B., Saarikallio, S., Luck, G., Thompson, M. R., & Toiviainen, P. (2012). Emotions Move Us: Basic Emotions in Music Influence People's Movement to Music. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition / 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, (pp. 177-182). Thessaloniki, Greece. (Awarded with the Young Researcher Award).

Burger, B., Thompson, M. R., Luck, G., Saarikallio, S., & Toiviainen, P. (2012). Music Moves Us: Beat-Related Musical Features Influence Regularity of Music-Induced Movement. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition / 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Thessaloniki, Greece.

 

 

 

Awards & Grants

  • SEMPRE-ICMPC12 Young Researcher Award, ICMPC/ESCOM 2012, Thessaloniki, Greece.