York Music Psychology Group

Research to explain and understand musical behaviour and experience.


mstrc Listening Lab

Room with a high quality sound reproduction setup. This dedicated facility is used to conduct music psychological listening experiments that involve the measurement of various participant data including psychophysiological responses (EDA, HR, EMG, MoCap, etc.).

Audience Response System

With our unique mobile Audience Response System, we can record psychological and physiological responses from up to 45 people in parallel. It can be used for various research projects that aim to assess peripheral nervous system activations and motion capture.

It is able to capture the following signals and response data:

  • Continuous and retrospective ratings on iPads that are administered by a Mobile Device Management system (MDM)
  • Electrodermal Activity (e.g. Skin Conductance Level and Skin Conductance Response)
  • Blood Volume Pulse (BVP) (e.g. Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability, Vasoconstriction via Blood Volume Amplitude)
  • Electrocardiography (ECG) (e.g. Heart Rate, Heart Rate Variability)
  • Electromyography (EMG) (e.g. expressive facial muscle activations)
  • Motion capture with 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gryroscope, 3-axis magnetometer, and altimeter



Trevor Jones Studio

The Trevor Jones Studio is housed in the at the Department of Music, along with the Trevor Jones Live Room, the RVW Studio and the Rymer Auditorium.


Rymer Auditorium

The Rymer Auditorium is one of the best listening spaces for reproduced sound in the United Kingdom.