An Interdisciplinary Gathering: Attending the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

This weekend (2nd-4th September 2022), I was glad to attend the 50th anniversary conference of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE). Set in the imposing Senate House of the University of London, delegates gathered for two days of discussion and presentation of the latest research in music & science/music education, as well … Continue reading An Interdisciplinary Gathering: Attending the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research (SEMPRE)

A New Variant of Conference: highlights from SysMus21

Back to face-to-face conferences? Well… not quite. A hybrid conference that is going to shape the way future conferences are run? Definitely. Nonetheless, the opportunity to meet and greet with those wonderful scholars from the world of music science without my pyjamas on was a welcome change to the last year. The student run conference, … Continue reading A New Variant of Conference: highlights from SysMus21

New MA Specialism in Music and Science

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

The two (or more) hats of a music psychologist: Communicating research to different disciplinary audiences

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

Where Are The Older Adults in Music Psychology Research?

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?

Some Reflections on Music & Lifetime Memories: An Interdisciplinary Conference

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

Comments on a Workshop-Symposium in Methods for Music and Emotion

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

A few words on fieldwork research.

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.

SMPC 2019 Conference

On 5-7 August 2019, three of our lab members (Annaliese Micallef Grimaud, Scott Bannister, Kelly Jakubowski) gave talks at the Society for Music and Perception (SMPC) conference in New York City, hosted by New York University. It was a very full programme (156 talks, 164 posters, 7 symposia, 1 keynote), with presentations spanning a broad range … Continue reading SMPC 2019 Conference

Crowdsourcing in Music Psychology

One of the ongoing discussion topics in the MSL is recruiting participants. We all carry out traditional lab studies, meeting participants in person in highly controlled circumstances, where we are confident participants can take part in experiments comfortably and without distraction. This practice has been a mainstay of psychological research for decades. However, working in … Continue reading Crowdsourcing in Music Psychology