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Tal-Chen is a postdoctoral fellow working with Ian Cross in collaboration with the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research examines the connections between music, synchrony and emotional and social interaction in toddlers and young children. She obtained her Ph.D at the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge, where she investigated the relationship between music and empathy, demonstrating that regular participation of school children in musical group interaction sessions can potentially increase their capacity for emotional empathy. She next did some work exploring the reciprocal effects of synchronous rhythmic interaction and perceived similarity. Tal-Chen is also a flautist and has played in various orchestras and ensembles in Israel and in the UK. Tal-Chen’s work has been funded by a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, GRAMMY Foundation Grant as well as a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (


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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Rabinowitch, T-C., & Meltzoff, A.N. (2017). Joint Rhythmic Movement Increases 4-year-old Children's Prosocial Sharing and Fairness Towards Peers. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1050. Click here for reprint

Rabinowitch, T-C., & Meltzoff, A.N. (2017). Synchronized Movement Experience Enhances Peer Cooperation in Preschool Children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 160, 21-32. Click here for a reprint

Rabinowitch, T-C., & Knafo-Noam, A. (2015). Synchronous Rhythmic Interaction Enhances Children's Perceived Similarity and Closeness towards Each Other. PLoS One, 10(4). Click here for a reprint

Rabinowitch, T-C., Cross, I., & Burnard, P. (2013). Long-term musical group interaction has a positive influence on empathy in children. Psychology of Music, 41(4), 484-498. Click here for a reprint

Riek, L. D., Rabinowitch, T-C., Bremner, P., Pipe, A. G., Fraser, M., & Robinson, P. (2010). Cooperative gestures: Effective signaling for humanoid robots. In Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), 2010 5th ACM/IEEE International Conference on (pp. 61-68). IEEE. Click here for a reprint

Riek, L. D., Rabinowitch, T-C., Chakrabarti, B., & Robinson, P. (2009). How anthropomorphism affects empathy toward robots. In Proceedings of the 4th ACM/IEEE international conference on Human robot interaction (pp. 245-246). ACM. Click here for a reprint

Riek, L. D., Rabinowitch, T-C., Chakrabarti, B., & Robinson, P. (2009). Empathizing with robots: Fellow feeling along the anthropomorphic spectrum. In Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction and Workshops, 2009. ACII 2009. 3rd International Conference on (pp. 1-6). IEEE. Click here for a reprint

Invited Commentaries. 

Rabinowitch, T-C. (2015). Music, empathy and cultural understanding: The need for developmental research: Comment on “Music, empathy and cultural understanding” by E. Clarke et al. Physics of Life Reviews. Click here for a reprint

Rabinowitch, T-C. (2015). How, Rather Than What Type of, Music Increases Empathy. Empirical Musicology Review, 10(1-2), 96-98. Click here for a reprint

Cross, I., Gill, S., Knight, S., Nash, C., Rabinowitch, T-C., Slobodian, L., Spiro, N., Woodruff, G., & Woolhouse, M. (2008). Commentary on The Perception and Cognition of Time in Balinese Music, by Andrew Clay McGraw, Empirical Musicology Review, 3(2), 54-57. Click here for a reprint

Book Chapters

Rabinowitch, T-C. (2017), Synchronization: A Musical Substrate for Positive Social Interaction and Empathy. To appear in: King, E. (Ed), Music and Empathy, Ashgate Press, pp.89-96. Click here for a reprint

Rabinowitch, T-C., Cross, I., Burnard, P., (2012), Musical Group Interaction, Intersubjectivity and Merged Subjectivity, in: Reynolds, D. and Reason, M. (Eds), Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices, Intellect Press, pp.109-120.

Cross, I., Laurence, F., Rabinowitch, T-C. (2012), Empathic Creativity in Musical Group Practices, in: McPherson, G. and Welch, G. (Eds), The Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Oxford University Press, pp.337-353. Click here for a reprint

Assistant Professor, School of Creative Arts Therapies, University of Haifa
Dr Tal-Chen  Rabinowitch
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