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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Welcome to a brand new academic year from the YMPG! We have many exciting things to look forward to this year and here are a few to get us going:

The new cohort are here and you can see there profiles up on the website now! www.mstrcyork.org/ympg/people/

The program for the Colloquia will be available soon but until then put this in your diary: Diana Kayser will present her presentation from the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music conference in Ghent this Summer: 'Facing a New Era in Studying Music-Induced Emotions – How Letting Go of the Status Quo May Help Seeing the Seemingly Invisible.' The full abstract will be posted later.

As always, there are many ways to get involved through the colloquium series or you can study or work with the York Music Psychology Group, for more information see our website: www.mstrcyork.org/ympg/study-at-ympg/
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Every autumn and spring the music department hosts a post-graduate forum day. This is an opportunity for current postgraduate students to showcase their research to a group of their peers, meet fellow postgraduate students, discuss and exchange ideas, gain academic presentation experience, and learn about the diverse outputs of the music department.

There will be presentations from members of the Music Science and Technology Research Cluster and specifically from our own York Music Psychology Group, on work conducted during the inaugural MA: Music psychology pathway.

The forum will be held on the 27th of September 2017 in the Music Department at the University of York and we invite anyone who is interested to attend part of, or the entire day. There will be tea and coffee provided as well as lunch and a wine reception at the end of the day. See below for full program (subject to revisions).
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According to a new article by People Management magazine "More than half (57 per cent) of HR and recruitment professionals feel music motivates them at work, according to research published by LinkedIn and Spotify."

Director of YMPG, Hauke Egermann was contacted as a voice of authority and suggested you “talk to your line manager to find out if there is an official company policy on listening to music.” However, he was also quick to caution that we should "think about what you want to project and make sure your music tastes, and attitudes towards others, reflect it.”

If you want to read the whole article, or find out what genre or artist HR professionals most enjoy listening to at work, follow this link:
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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