Heather Harden and Elizabeth Necka (PhD candidates, Department of Psychology)
Patrick Fitzgibbon and Elizabeth Hopkins (PhD candidates, Department of Music)

Hearts Beating as One: Emotions and Physiology during Artistic Performance investigates how people infer the emotions of others, with particular attention to the role that empathic accuracy has in creating a compelling artistic performance. In a set of experiments, the researchers will measure the physiology of actors and musicians while they simulate positive and negative emotions during a performance. The emotional and physiological reactions of audience members also will be recorded and compared to those of the performers to assess the emotional experiences of each group.