York Music Psychology Group

Research to explain and understand musical behaviour and experience.


Our research is regularly in the focus of international media.

Our work in collaboration with McGill University and the Université de Montrèal on the universalness of music induced emotions has be in the center of media coverage across the world (print, online, and radio), including: Scientific AmericanThe Globe and Mail,  CBCNPREl Pais, Le Monde, Le Figaro,  Daily Telegraph, The IndependentThe TelegraphBBC Music MagazineDanmarks RadioSüddeutsche ZeitungTagesspiegel, Die Presse, Bayerischer RundfunkDeutschlandfunkDeutschlandradio Kultur,  RBB: RadioeinsKulturradio, and inforadio.

Furthermore, Hauke is regularly interviewed in TV and national radio on various topics related to Music Psychology.


BOOKJanuary 2017 Musical Instruments in the 21st Century; Identities, Configurations, Practices

This new book looking at the many different types and forms of contemporary musical instruments has been edited and co-authored by Hauke, for more information click here.




10.10.16 Roots of music and emotion, how do people react in Africa and Canada when they hear the music of ear other’s culture?

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“SPIN asked Hauke Egermann, director of the music psychology group at the University of York in the UK … for some advice on the matter. ‘I don’t think that there are any universal, magic formulas that you need to compose a piece of music in order to make everyone love it, or love you. It doesn’t work that way. It’s a little more complex,’ Egermann said. ‘But there are definitely relationships between musical structures and how people react to them.’ ”

Excerpt taken from article by Andy Cush for Spin.com, full article can be found here: Article

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“It has never been proven that listening to music helps people to concentrate, but various studies have shown that listening to calming songs can reduce stress levels by blocking out background noise.

“Ultimately it all comes down to personal preference as it’s almost impossible to compile a list of tracks that will suit everybody’s working habits. Dr Hauke Egermann, senior lecturer at the University of York, explains: ‘Generally, I believe that there is no such a thing as “optimal” music, as a listener’s response to music always depends on the situation/context we are in and on many listener’s characteristics.’ ”

Excerpt taken form article by Amy Gibbons for The Independent, the full article can be accessed here:  Article