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Jacques Launay: Is Music an Evolutionary Adaptation for Social Bonding?

“Without a song or a dance what are we? So I say thank you for the music For giving it to me” -Lyrics by ABBA- Music and dance exists across all cultures and anthropological evidence makes it clear that musical … Continue reading

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The Jazz Turnaround: A Back-to-Back Paradigm for Studying Improvisation

Musical improvisation involves extremely complex cognitive processes—with performers engaging in rapid, in-the-moment decision-making coupled with focussed motor attention, all-the-while maintaining awareness of the other musicians and the music. It’s no wonder that it captivates the interest of Dr Freya Bailes, … Continue reading

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“The seductiveness of music lies in its ability to titillate the senses”: Elaine Chew on musical structure

Think about the last time a piece of music took you by surprise… What triggered it? How did you feel? Did others react the same way? You might become aware of musical structure through an established rhythmic pattern or a … Continue reading

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Step in time: Musical ensemble coordination in cross-cultural settings

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal”; an eloquent start to Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, but also an apt summary of a model too often assumed in modern psychology research. Generalised claims … Continue reading

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‘Dynamite in my ears’ – The Exceptional Musicality of some Individuals with Autism

Can people who struggle with speech be exceptional musicians? What does this have to do with autism? Professor Adam Ockelford, Director of the Applied Music Research Centre at the Roehampton University in London provided explanations to these questions in his … Continue reading

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Music Psychology Research in the Field

(Photos: https://www.minutemanbristol.com/products/literature/music-score-printing/; https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/499266308682233482/; https://mymodernmet.com/surreal-world-25-photos/) “Music is something we all do, and we can all speak about it” Dr Alexandra Lamont’s powerful statement above was the spine of her presentation. Since the emergence of the discipline of music psychology in the … Continue reading

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Hearing Musical Tempo: You need more than just your ears.

Invited Speaker Series: A talk by Justin London at Goldsmiths, University of London.  There is no doubt that there are some songs that you just can’t help but dance to… but have you ever stopped to think that there is … Continue reading

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