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Centre for Music and Science



Research Interests

I aim to explore the social meaning of music through examining how body movements reflect musical structures, and how musical embodiment reflects the similarities or diversities of the perception of various kinds of musical traditions arising from different processes of production and reception. I also aim to examine the difference between private and group listening as well as the function of joint movements amongst music listeners. In my PhD project, I mainly focused on the behaviour of Jazz audiences, due to the improvisational nature of Jazz music and the subsequent increase of musician-audience interaction.

Academic Background

I earned my B.Sc. degree in physical therapy from National Taiwan University, and became a qualified physical therapist after interning at National Taiwan University Hospital and Mackay Memorial Hospital. My M.A. degree in musicology from National Taiwan University focused on the relationship between metrical structure of music and body movements. While completing my M.A., I also lectured undergraduate students as a teaching assistant in several courses, including Music Acoustics; Music, Evolution and the Brain; Musical Cultures of Asia; and Group Discussion on Medicine and Humanity. After receiving my master’s degree, I worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, doing an MEG project on the cortical representation of band-passed noise with different decay rates and central frequencies. I completed my PhD in the CMS at Cambridge.


Key publications: 


Wang, L.C., Huang, C.Y., and Ho, M.J. (2012) The Flexner Report Centennial Conference. Formosan Journal of Medicine (in Chinese). (in press)
Huang, T.J., Wang, L.C., Huang, C.Y., and Ho, M.J. (2012) Curriculum design on the history of medicine with John Harley Warner. Formosan Journal of Medicine (in Chinese). (in press)
Huang, C.Y., Wang, L.C., and Ho, M.J. (2010) Special report on a faculty development workshop on narrative medicine. Journal of Medical Education 14(4): 304-311 (in Chinese).
Jukic, N., Küssner, M., and Wang, L.C. (2010) Third International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus10): a conference report. Empirical Musicology Review 5(4): 186-190.
Tsai, C.G., Wang, L.C., Wang, S.F., Shau, Y.W., Hsiao, T.Y., and Auhagen, W. (2010). Aggressiveness of the growl-like timbre: acoustic characteristics, musical implications, and biomechanical mechanisms. Music Perception27(3): 209–221.

Conference Presentations

Wang, L.C. and Tsai, C.G. (2010) Embodiment of metrical structure: motor patterns associated with Taiwanese music (oral). The 3rd International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology, 13-15 September, 2010, University of Cambridge, UK.
Wang, L.C. and Tsai, C.G. (2009) Rock to the music: theory exploration and EEG Investigation (oral). The 2nd International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology, 18-20 November, 2009, Ghent University, Belgium.
Wang, L.C. (on behalf of students in Graduate Institute of Musicology, National Taiwan University.) (2009) Dalan, the Road: Tradition and Innovation of the music in a Puyuma tribe (oral). CUHK-NTU Music Forum 09 “Globalization, Music, and Modernity”, 2-3 January, 2009, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Dr Li-Ching  Wang

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