This post picks up on a recurring theme I’ve written about a couple times now, which is the unique challenges one faces when working in an area that falls ‘between’ traditional disciplines. Some of the challenges that arise in music psychology may be due to the fact that it is a relatively less ‘established’ discipline; … Continue reading The two (or more) hats of a music psychologist: Communicating research to different disciplinary audiences
From 1-2 November 2019 we were very pleased to host an event entitled Music & Lifetime Memories: An Interdisciplinary Conference. This event featured 20 speakers from 11 countries across the globe (with some travelling from as far as India, China, and Brazil) who gave talks from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g. psychology, musicology, computing, … Continue reading Some Reflections on Music & Lifetime Memories: An Interdisciplinary Conference
Because my academic background is split essentially 50/50 between music and psychology, I found myself after my PhD not only daunted by trying to navigate the academic job market (as I assume most recent PhD graduates are), but even quite unsure of what type of academic department I wanted to work in. Having completed my … Continue reading On fitting in: Triumphs and challenges of a psychologist in a music department
I am very pleased to introduce the Durham Undergraduate Research in Music & Science (DURMS) journal. The inaugural issue comprises the excellent work of 15 of our undergraduate students at Durham University Music Department, who have produced these articles using materials from their coursework for the Music and Science and Psychology of Music modules, or their … Continue reading Inaugural Issue of Durham Undergraduate Research in Music & Science
Last week, two of our Music & Science Lab members presented their research at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC)/European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) in Graz, Austria. For those who missed it (or those who attended but are curious to hear another perspective), here’s a summary of some … Continue reading ICMPC15/ESCOM10 Conference
Although I consider myself a feminist in a fairly broad sense of the term, I can’t say that I’ve necessarily been very proactive in my life thus far in making substantial contributions toward advancing the position of women in society. Gender inequality and gender stereotypes are not something I really thought about much in the … Continue reading Gender (in)equality: Is it an issue in music psychology?
In this blog post we present a few of the highlights of the 2017 European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) conference, written from two perspectives, by Scott Bannister (PhD student) and Kelly Jakubowski (Postdoc). Scott’s perspective: Over the past few weeks, the field of music and science has been busy, with two … Continue reading ESCOM Conference 2017
The Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance (IEMP) project is an international collaboration between researchers who share a common interest in how musicians play in time together and how aspects of musical timing/coordination vary cross culturally. As the project involves around 20 researchers from various disciplines including ethnomusicology, music psychology, and computer science, it is not … Continue reading Mind the Discipline Gap
A recent criticism of psychological research is that it is WEIRD. Yes, it is a bit weird that psychologists spend most of our days subjecting participants to hours-long tasks where they should press the key on the left if they hear ‘BLEEP’ and the key on the right if they hear ‘BLOOP’, but the ‘WEIRD’ … Continue reading How WEIRD is music psychology?