I work in the field of embodied music cognition, with a special interest in music and motion correspondences in rhythm production and perception. I am also interested in the importance of implicit learning, subjective human experience and cultural background as influential elements in the perception of music.


I hold a BA in Rhythmic Music and Dance Education (4 years) from The Royal Academy of Music (DK) and a MA and PhD in Musicology from The Department og Musicology, University of Oslo (N).


I am currently (2017–2021) a Post-Doctoral research fellow at the Timing and Sound in Musical Microrhythm (TIME) project and RITMO Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time, and Motion at the University of Oslo. My project investigates rhythm production and perception in Scandinavian folk music performance.


Many of my publications are available in the Digital archive of the University of Oslo (DUO)



Ph.D. thesis

Haugen, M. R. (2016). Music-Dance. Investigating Rhythm Structures in Brazilian Samba and Norwegian Telespringar Performance. (Ph.D. thesis) University og Oslo, Oslo. (PDF)


Articles and Book Chapters:


Haugen, M. R. (2016). Investigating Periodic Body Motions as a Tacit Reference Structure in Norwegian Telespringar Performance. Empirical Musicology Review, 11(3-4), pp. 272-294. (PDF)


Haugen, M. R. and Nymoen, K. (2016). Evaluating Input Devices for Dance Research. In: Kronland-Martinet R., Aramaki M., Ystad S. (eds) Music, Mind, and Embodiment. CMMR 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9617. Springer, Cham. pp. 58–70. (PDF - post print)


Haugen, M. R. (2014). Studying Rhythmical Structures in Norwegian Folk Music and Dance Using Motion Capture Technology: A Case Study of Norwegian Telespringar. Musikk og tradisjon (28), pp. 27–52. (PDF)


Haugen, M. R. and Godøy, R. I. (2014). Rhythmical Structures in Music and Body Movement in Samba Performance, In Moo Kyoung Song (ed.), Proceedings of the ICMPC-APSCOM 2014 Joint Conference. College of Music, Yonsei University. pp. 46–52. (PDF)

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