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Guido Orgs

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PositionLecturer in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email g.orgs (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 896 2719
Guido Orgs

Summary

I studied both performing dance (BA at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany) and Psychology (BSc/MSc at the University of Dusseldorf, Germany). After completion of my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience on neural correlates of non-verbal meaning, I joined  German Dance Company NEUER TANZ/VA WÖLFL as a full-time performer. Since 2009, I have lived in London, working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, Action & Body Group, Prof Patrick Haggard and as Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University, London. I joined the Psychology Department at Goldsmiths in 2015.

I study how we perceive and understand other people’s movements and how the brain mechanisms of movement perception underlie the aesthetics of dance and the performing arts.

Teaching & Supervision

Module Convenor “Psychology of the Arts, Aesthetics and Attraction”, 3rd year Psychology Undergraduate. This module is open to visiting students from other disciplines. 

Module Convenor “Practical Issues in Psychology”, 1st year Psychology Undergraduate

I supervise undergraduate and graduate dissertation projects on all aspect of human preference, and with a more specific focus on the performing arts, dance, music and theatre. I am also interested in applied areas of experimental research in aesthetics, such as consumer preferences, design and fashion. Potential PhD students should see my research interests below. Interested students should email me for an appointment.

Grants & Awards

2014-2017. Principal Investigator on an ESRC transformative research grant on “Synchronous movement, group cooperation and the performing arts” (£197766). Co-Investigators include Dr Daniel C. Richardson (UCL), Dr Annemieke Apergis-Schoute (Cambridge University) and Performance Artist Matthias Sperling. (Ref: RCUK ES/M000680/2)

2010-2013 Named researcher on a Leverhulme Trust research grant on the “Neuropsychology of choreographic patterns in aesthetic perception of dance” (£115000), Principal Investigator: Prof Patrick Haggard.

2009-2011 German Academic Exchange Service Postdoc Fellowship (£27000) to study “ Visual perception of apparent human movement” at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. 

Impact and Outreach

I regularly organize and participate in public engagement events linking the performing arts and neuroscience, for example at the British Library, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, the Ashmolean Museum and Modern Art Oxford

On the web

Research Interests

Based on my interdisciplinary background in performing dance and cognitive neuroscience, my research interests include (a) the psychological and brain mechanisms of action and body perception, (b) neuroaesthetics of dance and the performing arts, (c) joint action, movement synchrony and group affiliation and (d) movement-based interventions and diagnostics for neuropsychological disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). My research has a strong interdisciplinary focus involving performance artists and choreographers.

I am also a member of the Music, Mind and Brain group. 

 

 

Publications

Book Section

Knowing dance or knowing how to dance? Sources of expertise in aesthetic appreciation of human movement.
Orgs, Guido; Calvo-Merino, Beatriz and Cross, Emily S.. 2018. Knowing dance or knowing how to dance? Sources of expertise in aesthetic appreciation of human movement. In: Bettina Bläsing; Martin Puttke and Thomas Schack, eds. The Neurocognition of Dance: Mind, Movement and Motor Skills. Routledge. ISBN 9781138847866

You Move, I Watch, It Matters: Aesthetic Communication in Dance
Orgs, Guido; Caspersen, Dana and Haggard, Patrick. 2016. You Move, I Watch, It Matters: Aesthetic Communication in Dance. In: Sukhvinder S Obhi and Emily S. Cross, eds. Shared Representations: Sensorimotor foundations of social life. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 627-653. ISBN 9781107279353

Article

The choreography of group affiliation
von Zimmermann, Jorina; Vicary, Staci; Sperling, Matthias; Orgs, Guido and Richardson, Daniel C.. 2018. The choreography of group affiliation. Topics in Cognitive Science, 10(1), pp. 80-94. ISSN 1756-8757

The Impact of Soundtrack Congruency on the Aesthetic Experience of Contemporary Dance: Exploring Aesthetic Interaction in Terms of Arousal and Enjoyment Ratings in Three Audio Settings
Howlin, Claire; Orgs, Guido and Vicary, Staci. 2017. The Impact of Soundtrack Congruency on the Aesthetic Experience of Contemporary Dance: Exploring Aesthetic Interaction in Terms of Arousal and Enjoyment Ratings in Three Audio Settings. Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, pp. 91-95.

Effects of auditory stimuli on electrical activity in the brain during cycle ergometry
Bigliassi, Marcelo; Karageorghis, Costas I.; Wright, Michael J.; Orgs, Guido and Nowicky, Alexander V.. 2017. Effects of auditory stimuli on electrical activity in the brain during cycle ergometry. Physiology & Behavior, 177, pp. 135-147. ISSN 0031-9384

Joint action aesthetics
Vicary, Staci; Sperling, Matthias; von Zimmermann, Jorina; Richardson, Daniel C. and Orgs, Guido. 2017. Joint action aesthetics. PLoS ONE, 12(7), e0180101. ISSN 1932-6203

Effects of auditory distraction on voluntary movements: exploring the underlying mechanisms associated with parallel processing
Bigliassi, Marcelo; Karageorghis, Costas I.; Nowicky, Alexander V.; Wright, Michael J. and Orgs, Guido. 2017. Effects of auditory distraction on voluntary movements: exploring the underlying mechanisms associated with parallel processing. Psychological Research, ISSN 0340-0727

Cerebral Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Music during a Fatiguing Isometric Ankle-Dorsiflexion Task
Bigliassi, Marcelo; Karagheorgis, Costas; Nowicky, Alexander; Orgs, Guido and Wright, Michael. 2016. Cerebral Mechanisms Underlying the Effects of Music during a Fatiguing Isometric Ankle-Dorsiflexion Task. Psychophysiology, 54(10), pp. 1472-1483. ISSN 0048-5772

Constructing Visual Perception of Body Movement with the Motor Cortex.
Orgs, Guido; Dovern, Anna; Hagura, Nobuhiro; Haggard, Patrick; Fink, Gereon R and Weiss, Peter H. 2016. Constructing Visual Perception of Body Movement with the Motor Cortex. Cerebral Cortex, 26(1), pp. 440-9. ISSN 1460-2199

Learning to like it: aesthetic perception of bodies, movements and choreographic structure
Orgs, Guido; Hagura, Nobuhiro and Haggard, Patrick. 2013. Learning to like it: aesthetic perception of bodies, movements and choreographic structure. Consciousness and Cognition, 22(2), pp. 603-12. ISSN 1053-8100

Time perception during apparent biological motion reflects subjective speed of movement, not objective rate of visual stimulation
Orgs, Guido; Kirsch, Louise and Haggard, Patrick. 2013. Time perception during apparent biological motion reflects subjective speed of movement, not objective rate of visual stimulation. Experimental Brain Research, 227(2), pp. 223-9. ISSN 0014-4819

Ready steady slow: action preparation slows the subjective passage of time.
Hagura, Nobuhiro; Kanai, Ryota; Orgs, Guido and Haggard, Patrick. 2012. Ready steady slow: action preparation slows the subjective passage of time. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, 279(1746), pp. 4399-4406. ISSN 1471-2954

From body form to biological motion: the apparent velocity of human movement biases subjective time
Orgs, Guido; Bestmann, Sven; Schuur, Friederike and Haggard, Patrick. 2011. From body form to biological motion: the apparent velocity of human movement biases subjective time. Psychological Science, 22(6), pp. 712-717. ISSN 0956-7976

Temporal binding during apparent movement of the human body
Orgs, Guido and Haggard, Patrick. 2011. Temporal binding during apparent movement of the human body. Visual Cognition, 19(7), pp. 833-845. ISSN 1350-6285

Extrastriate body area underlies aesthetic evaluation of body stimuli
Calvo-Merino, B; Urgesi, C; Orgs, Guido; Aglioti, S M and Haggard, P. 2010. Extrastriate body area underlies aesthetic evaluation of body stimuli. Experimental Brain Research, 204(3), pp. 447-456. ISSN 0014-4819

Expertise in dance modulates alpha/beta event-related desynchronization during action observation
Orgs, Guido; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk; Heil, Martin and Jansen-Osmann, Petra. 2008. Expertise in dance modulates alpha/beta event-related desynchronization during action observation. European Journal of Neuroscience, 27(12), pp. 3380-3384. ISSN 0953-816X

N400-effects to task-irrelevant environmental sounds: further evidence for obligatory conceptual processing.
Orgs, Guido; Lange, Kathrin; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk and Heil, Martin. 2008. N400-effects to task-irrelevant environmental sounds: further evidence for obligatory conceptual processing. Neuroscience Letters, 436(2), pp. 133-7. ISSN 0304-3940

Is conceptual priming for environmental sounds obligatory?
Orgs, Guido; Lange, Kathrin; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk and Heil, Martin. 2007. Is conceptual priming for environmental sounds obligatory? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 65(2), pp. 162-6. ISSN 0167-8760

Conceptual priming for environmental sounds and words: an ERP study
Orgs, Guido; Lange, Kathrin; Dombrowski, Jan-Henryk and Heil, Martin. 2006. Conceptual priming for environmental sounds and words: an ERP study. Brain and Cognition, 62(3), pp. 267-272. ISSN 0278-2626

The Level of Reaction Time Determines the ERP Correlates of Auditory Negative Priming
Mayr, Susanne; Niedeggen, Michael; Buchner, Axel and Orgs, Guido. 2006. The Level of Reaction Time Determines the ERP Correlates of Auditory Negative Priming. Journal of Psychophysiology, 20(3), pp. 186-194. ISSN 0269-8803

Conference or Workshop Item

Dance/Neuroscience Public Engagement Events
Orgs, Guido; Richardson, Daniel C. and Sperling, Matthias. 2016. 'Dance/Neuroscience Public Engagement Events'. In: Dance Neuroscience public engagement events. Siobhan Davies Studio, United Kingdom.

Broadcast

Why audiences like dancing best when it stops
Orgs, Guido and UNSPECIFIED. 2017. Why audiences like dancing best when it stops.

Dataset

Joint Action Aesthetics Dataset
Orgs, Guido. 2017. Joint Action Aesthetics Dataset.

Performance

Now that we know - Performance and Lecture
Sperling, Matthias and Orgs, Guido. 2016. Now that we know - Performance and Lecture. In: "Now that we know", Wellcome Collection, United Kingdom.

Our True Feelings
Hill Project, Dog Kennel and Orgs, Guido. 2016. Our True Feelings. In: "Our true feelings", Ashmolean Museum Oxford, United Kingdom.

Professional Activity

Flamingo x DDB: Turning Uncertainty into Advantage
Orgs, Guido. Flamingo x DDB: Turning Uncertainty into Advantage.

APG Noisy Thinking - Why did we stop thinking beyond next week?
Orgs, Guido. APG Noisy Thinking - Why did we stop thinking beyond next week?.

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