York Music Psychology Group

Research to explain and understand musical behaviour and experience.

The York Music Psychology Group (YMPG) aims to explain and understand musical behaviour and experience, including the production, processing, and reception of music. In addition to creating this knowledge, we also apply it to music practice and the development of music technology.


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As we approach the end of term, here at the YMPG, we have just two more colloquia before the festive break. This week is the debut of Zheng Danhe who joined us from the Central China Normal University this year.

Danhe is currently researching how teenagers use music to regulate their mood. Her presentation is entitled 'Music Function of Mood Regulation -- a research on adolescents' mood regulation'.

If you are interested in attending this discussion then come along to Sally Baldwin C/011 at 10.15 this Thursday (23.11.17).
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Next week the colloquium will be led by Charlotte Yandell who's title for discussion is 'Music, Language and Behaviour: The Crucial Effect of Nursery Rhymes on Early Child Development'.

Charlotte focused on this research in her undergraduate programme, and her final year dissertation, in which she explored nursery rhymes and their crucial effect on early child development – in particular a child’s acquisition of language.

If you are interested in this research then please do join us at 10.15 on Thursday 23rd in Sally Baldwin D Block, Department of Music at the University of York.

You can also find more information on our website: www.mstrcyork.org/ympg/
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  • YMPG at ESCOM ’17, University of Ghent

    European Society for the Cognition of Music conference 31 July 20 17 – 4th August 2017, University of Ghent,   It was the great pleasure of members of the YMPG to be welcomed to Ghent for this conference. The planning started around Christmas when members submitted their abstracts to be considered for either spoken or … Continued

  • A sucessful afternoon at the Festival of Ideas for the YMPG

    YMPG were lucky enough to take part in the 2017 FestIval of ideas, as run by the University of York. One of their flagship events was the ‘family fun afternoon’ held in the Ron Cook Hub. One of our members, Lottie Brook, devised a series of activities for children to introduce them to the idea … Continued

  • YMPG goes to The Festival of Ideas

    On the 10th of June we are taking part in the Family Fringe Afternoon at the University’s Festival of Ideas! We have an exciting line up of activities planned, suitable for children and parents to get involved in. From a silent disco to composing your own percussive piece, we hope to share some interesting facts … Continued

  • Aesthetic Judgement and Contemporary Music

    On Saturday the YMPG held our first major study since our conception. The study was concerned with understanding why some listeners respond positively and others negatively to contemporary music and identifying the cognitive and emotional processes that facilitate those responses in concerts. In this study, contemporary music was performed in front of an audience (with … Continued

  • Call for Participants

    The York Music Psychology Group (YMPG) at the Music Science and Technology Research Centre is looking for participants in a live concert experiment involving our unique Audience Response System. If you are interested, please fill in the this online questionnaire (click on the following link or copy to your browser) to provide us some information … Continued

Recent projects

Interaction between Aesthetic Judgement and Emotional Processing of Contemporary Music

Musicologists, practitioners, and critics have recognised that contemporary music is often challenging to audiences used to traditional western music structures. However, this music can be enjoyable. We will conduct a pilot study in order to understand why some listeners respond positively and others negatively to this music, identifying the cognitive and emotional processes that facilitate … Continued

3DMIN – The Embodiment of Sound

The goal of our contribution to the 3DMIN project is to empirically research parameters in the interaction with musical instruments that are crucial both for the performer and the experience of the audience. Especially the relationship between gestures and the sensory feedback of the instrument will be investigated. This parameter called “mapping” is considered substantial … Continued