What does cross-cultural research tell us about harmony perception?
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by James Armitage
1M ago
When we think of music, we often bring to mind the music that is most familiar to us. However, it is important to remember that, across the globe, there is a wide range of musical styles, each with their own musical language that is made up of a set of characteristics including rhythm, melody, instrumental ..read more
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Durham to Jyväskylä: Insights and experiences as a visiting PhD researcher
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by connorgkirts
3M ago
Introduction During your PhD or at other times in your career you may be fortunate enough to be able to organize a research visit with another research group in a different university or institution. Trips like these can be an exciting premise for your research and professional life but the work to set this kind ..read more
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How automatic are emotional responses to musical chords?
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by Imre Lahdelma
7M ago
Insight from a pre-registered study forthcoming in the Music Perception journal When starting out my music psychological research a good ten years ago (can’t believe I’m writing this!) I was interested in the question of whether the smallest building blocks of musical harmony, namely single isolated chords, could convey emotions to listeners in a robust ..read more
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A New Variant of Conference: highlights from SysMus21
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by Thomas Magnus Lennie
2y ago
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 ..read more
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Separating the cultural from the universal in harmony perception 
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by Imre Lahdelma
3y ago
Some two years ago, I asked the question in the Music & Science blog series whether the perception of consonance and dissonance is universal. While the world has well and truly changed since then, pandemics aside these past two years have been fruitful for the Music & Science Lab in terms of new research into ..read more
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Examining a PhD thesis
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by Tuomas Eerola
3y ago
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 ..read more
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New MA Specialism in Music and Science
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by Kelly Jakubowski
3y ago
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 ..read more
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The two (or more) hats of a music psychologist: Communicating research to different disciplinary audiences
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by Kelly Jakubowski
3y ago
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 ..read more
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Research in Lockdown: challenges, adaptions, & looking to the future
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by Thomas Magnus Lennie
3y ago
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 ..read more
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The first woman to be awarded PhD at Durham was music psychologist
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by Tuomas Eerola
3y ago
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 ..read more
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