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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6 days ago

York Music Psychology Group

check this out!Next Thursday Dr. Hauke Egermann - Director of York Music Psychology Group at University of York - will speak about the automated prediction of listeners experience...

During our workshop held in Paris around #ISMIR conference, Dr. Hauke Egermann presents how ABC_DJ's algorithm can extract musical expressions as perceived by different target groups from audio signals and predict customised brand-fitting music for each relevant audience!

Just a few spots left, reserve your seat now: is.gd/7KyC6b
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2 months ago

York Music Psychology Group

What a great week at the ICMPC15/ESCOM10 conference: Graz hub. So many interesting presentations, interesting conversations and technology innovations. We leave weary but inspired.

Thanks to those who came to talks given by YMPG members, if you still have questions/comments or missed it and want to watch online then do continue to engage through Moodle.
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Several members of the YMPG are excitedly preparing themselves to travel to Graz for the ESCOM conference next week. Contributions by our members can be seen as follows:

Tuesday 24th July, 12.00-13.00 (local time), Graz 1
Firat Altun, Hauke Egermann: The Effect of Temperament Systems on Emotional Induction and Learning (Presentation)

Wednesday 25th July,
08.30-10.00 (local time), Graz 2
Liam Maloney: Reconceptualising the Functions of Listening in Everyday Life: A Domain-Based Aggregate Thematic Framework and Comparative ESM Study (Presentation)

15.00-17.00 (local time), Graz 3
Hauke Egermann, Diana Kayser: Are musical aesthetic emotions embodied? (Presentation)

Thursday 26th July,
09.00-11.00 (local time), Graz 2
Katherine O'Neill, Hauke Egermann: An Investigation into The Effect of Induced Empathy On Emotional Responses to Music (Presentation)

09.00-11.00 (local time), Graz 4
Martin Herzog, Steffen Lepa, Jochen Steffens, Hauke Egermann, Andreas Schoenrock: How do Musical Means of Expression affect the Perception of Musical Meaning?

11.00-12.00 (local time), Graz poster room
Melanie Irrgang, Jochen Steffens, Hauke Egermann, Stefan Weinzierl: “Dance, Dance, Dance” – Towards Integrating Embodied Music Cognition into Music Recommender Services via Smartphone-Assessed Movement (Poster)

09.00-10.30 (local time), Montreal 1
Finn Upham, Hauke Egermann, Stephen McAdams: The Audience's Breath: Collective Respiratory Coordination in Response to Music

Look out for our logo. We look forward to meeting you in Graz in person, or virtually from anywhere in the world! Bis bald, YMPG kommt!!
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  • 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