We try to give advice to our doctoral students about how to prepare for the PhD examination. These instructions (link), training events (link), and mock examinations are useful orientations for the pinnacle of doctoral students’ careers, but describing the process from the other side of the table, from the examiner’s point of view, is what … Continue reading Examining a PhD thesis
Authors: Tuomas Eerola & Kelly Jakubowski We are very pleased to be launching a new pathway in Music and Science within our Taught Masters (MA) programme in Durham’s Music Department from Autumn 2021. In this post we outline some of the key features of the programme, and our views on what makes it unique and … Continue reading New MA Specialism in Music and Science
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
Written by Annaliese Micallef-Grimaud @LieseGrimaud & Thomas Magnus Lennie @lennie_tm Everyone has felt the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown in different ways and similarly there have been substantial differences in the ways people have adapted to keep their work progressing. The different stages at which individuals were in their research projects at the time of … Continue reading Research in Lockdown: challenges, adaptions, & looking to the future
In 1936, Clara Robertson, who was 28 years old at the time, was the first woman to defend her doctoral thesis at Durham University. The title boldly stated "The psychology of musical appreciation: an analysis of the bases and nature of the experience of listening to music", and her examiners, Dr C. S. Myers and … Continue reading The first woman to be awarded PhD at Durham was music psychologist
This year, a group of undergraduate students attending the 3rd year Psychology of Music module had the opportunity to conduct their empirical projects within the framework of an exciting international research programme in collaboration with another group of students from the Department of Musicology and Media Studies at Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany). Supervised by Dr Liila … Continue reading Investigating the psychology of live music in the field: Student-led projects at CTM 2020, Berlin
A few years ago, when I was President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, one of my duties was to give a Presidential Address at the biennial meeting. Traditionally, the president gives some overview of the Society’s business, advertising upcoming initiatives and the like. And then is given leave to discuss any topic … Continue reading Where Are The Older Adults in Music Psychology Research?
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
Written by Dr. George Athanasopoulos, Dr. Imre Lahdelma & Thomas Magnus Lennie The Workshop-Symposium on Methods in Music and Emotion took place on the 14th of September 2019 at St. Chad’s College, Durham University, United Kingdom. It was a fascinating day for those involved in the field, and a truly wonderful opportunity to get into … Continue reading Comments on a Workshop-Symposium in Methods for Music and Emotion
Fieldwork is the collection of data in a natural environment, usually in person by a single, or a team of researchers. Its aim is to collect data (quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic, etc.) of high ecological validity in a natural location. This does not necessarily mean that it will be an “exotic” location. It can be anywhere … Continue reading A few words on fieldwork research.