Dr. Edith Van Dyck holds a PhD in Musicology from IPEM and currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the same institute. Since 2009, she has been working on the Methusalem project, which focuses on action-perception coupling in musical interaction, and published several papers regarding the influence of musical features and human emotions on music-induced movement (e.g., dance, running, and walking).
From 2013 until 2016, she collaborated in BeatHealth, a project co-funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aimed at exploiting the link between rhythmical auditory information and movement for boosting motor performance and enhancing health and wellness.
In 2017, she organised the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) on the topic "The expressive interaction with music" and was guest editor for a special issue of Musicae Scientiae, published in 2019, on the same topic.
From 2018 until 2021, she was a co-promotor on the POPHARS project, funded by Belspo. The aim of the project was to obtain a comprehensive understanding of how festival attendees and festival stakeholders perceive drug and alcohol related interventions implemented at music festivals.
In 2020, Edith also joined the CONBOTS team. In this project, innovative robotic technology, wearable sensors and machine learning techniques are employed in order to design human-human and human-robot interaction paradigms and apply them in augmented learning situations of beginning musicians.
Besides her work at Ghent University, she is lecturer in Music History at RITCS, Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts. She also studies Philosophy at Ghent University.
Main research topics:
Music in relation to behaviour, psychology, physiology, psychophysiology, health, technology, sociology, education, ...