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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Latest

  • Visiting seminar leader: Jonna Vuoskoski

    YMPG were thrilled to welcome Jonna to the York Music Psychology Group and the University of York recently. Title: Moved by music: The role of empathy in music-induced emotions Music is imbued with connotations of human emotional expression on multiple levels. Although it is likely that music utilises multiple different psychological mechanisms in the induction … Continued

  • Music Psychology MA teaser afternoon

    Prospective pupils were welcomed to the Department of Music to find out what Music Psychology is, what studying with the YMPG is like, what the MA involves and meet some of the current members.         Course leader and director of YMPG, Hauke Egermann, introduced the field of study, the course content and … Continued

  • SysMus Conference Report Publication

    Written by YMPG member Diana Kayser: ‘Each year students from all over the world come together to share and discuss their knowledge on varying topics from the field of systematic musicology at the SysMus Conference. The 9th edition of this conference series, organised by students for students, took place in the idyllic town of Jyvskyl … Continued

  • 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


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