Laura E. Bishop

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, Department of Musicology, University of Oslo
laura.bishop [at] imv.uio.no

Research Interests

Joint action in music ensembles
Collaborative creativity in artistic performance
Music and movement
Musical imagery
Attention and mental effort in music performance and listening

My research focuses on the cognitive processes involved in creative musical interaction. I am especially interested in how creative collaboration unfolds in the context of skilled music ensemble performance, when predictability and coordination must be balanced with flexibility and spontaneity. To address this question I run experiments investigating ensemble musicians' communicative behaviour; in particular, their body gestures and visual attention. I also look at how this behaviour is perceived by others (co-performers or audience members).

Read about my newest FWF project "Achieving Togetherness in Ensemble Performance", running 2020 - 2022 HERE

Read about my FWF project "Coordination and Collaborative Creativity in Music Ensembles (CoCreate)", which ran from 2016 - 2019 HERE
(24.12.2018) CoCreate was featured as 'Project of the Week' on the FWF scilog HERE
(18.04.2019) Articles about CoCreate appeared in Die Presse (Jan 2019) [pdf] and Der Standard (April 2019) [pdf]

Read about our FWF project "Synchronization and Communication in Music Ensembles" , which ran from 2012 - 2016 HERE

Curriculum Vitae

Employment

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2019 - present
RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time and Motion, University of Oslo, Norway

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013 - 2019
Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Vienna, Austria

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, 2013
MARCS Institute, Western Sydney University, Australia

Supervisors: Dr. Freya Bailes, Prof. Roger Dean, Prof. Kate Stevens
Thesis: "The use of musical imagery and auditory feedback during expressive music performance: Exploring the effects of expertise"

Master of Science in Psychology, 2008
University of Sheffield, UK

Supervisor: Prof. Nicola Dibben
Thesis: "The inseparability of melody and rhythm during recall of well-known songs"

Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours), 2007
​University of Toronto, Canada

​Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT), Certification in Piano Performance, 2007
Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, Canada

Teaching experience

Invited Lecturer
Music Psychology, University of Oslo (2020)

Teaching assistant
Psychology Department, Western Sydney University, 2010 - 2012
Psychology Department, University of Sheffield, 2007 - 2008

Grants

Awarded funding (€404,961.39) for 2.5 year project by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2020-2022
Project title: "Achieving Togetherness in Ensemble Performance"
This project support a postdoctoral researcher and a PhD student.

Awarded funding (€336,876.75) for 2.5 year project by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2016-2019
Project title: "Coordination and Collaborative Creativity in Music Ensembles"
Project supports Laura Bishop as PI (senior postdoctoral researcher) and a PhD student, and is a collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Werner Goebl, Dept. of Music Acoustics - Wiener Klangstil, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (National Research Partner)

Academic Activities

Reviewer for international scientific journals
The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychological Research, Psychological Bulletin & Review, Acta Psychologica, Music Perception, Musicae Scientae, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology, Journal of New Music Research, Frontiers in Psychology, PLOS ONE, Journal of Eye Movement Research, Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology, Auditory Perception & Cognition

Reviewer for international granting organizations
European Research Council (ERC), Brussels, Belgium

Reviewer for international conferences
International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR), Sound and Music Computing Conference (SMC), the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus), the Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics

Conference Organization
• Co-organizer of the RITMO International Pupillometry Workshop, to be hosted by RITMO, University of Oslo (planned for March 2020 but postponed)
• Session co-organizer for the Third Vienna Talk on Music Acoustics, hosted by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (September 2015)
• Head of support team for the International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS), hosted by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (August 2013)

Invited Talks
• "Body gestures and gaze direction: Visual interaction during creative musical interaction", Austrian Society for Music and Medicine, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (May 2019)
• "Body gestures and visual monitoring during creative musical interaction", Research Seminars in Systematic Musicology, Center of Systematic Musicology, University of Graz, Austria (April 2019)
• "Mind-reading in music ensembles: Using nonverbal cues to predict others' behaviour", Platicás DeMentes talk series, Faculty of Psychology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (November 2016)
• "Mind-reading during music duet performance: Using nonverbal cues to predict others' actions", Austrian Society for Music and Medicine, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (May 2014)