Cognitive psychologist Kate Stevens investigates the psychological processes in creating, perceiving, and performing music and dance, and applies experimental methods to evaluate complex systems and human-computer interaction. She holds BA (Hons) and PhD degrees from the University of Sydney. Research projects have included investigating: the implicit learning of musical rhythm and timing; the psychophysics and psychophysiology of musical loudness; cognitive and affective reactions to contemporary dance; and long-term memory for music and dance. In 1996 she founded the Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) Inc. and in 2002 chaired the 7th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition.
Kate has been a researcher on four Australian Research Council interdisciplinary projects collaborating with Australian contemporary dance artists and collaborates internationally with researchers and artists through Dance Engaging Science (http://motionbank.org/en/content/dance-engaging-science) supported by Volkswagen Stiftung, Motionbank, and The Forsythe Company. She is author of more than 170 articles, book chapters, conference proceedings papers, and an ebook on creativity and cognition in contemporary dance.
Kate is Professor in Psychology, Director of Research and Engagement, and leads the Music Cognition and Action research program in the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at the University of Western Sydney.