music

At an award ceremony at this year’s Annual Conference in Liverpool, Professor Susan Hallam MBE was made an Honorary Life Member of the Society. The distinction was awarded for lifelong and outstanding contributions to the psychology of music and psychology in education...

An opera which started as a collaboration between composer and psychiatrist, and presents the electric tale of a madness shared by two, comes to the UK next month. Its creator, Emily Hall, has also drawn on the talents of Icelander ...

The late Sir Michael Tippett is widely acknowledged as being foremost amongst English composers of the mid- to late 20th century. He was born on 4 January 1905 and died on 8 January 1998, a few days after his 93rd birthday. In many ways a centenary somehow seems inappropriate...

Learning that cognitive faculties can go awry, or even fail to develop, gives us special insight into abilities we often take for granted. The capacity to make sense of musical sound is one such example. In Western culture, someone would not count themselves as ‘musical’...

No human society has existed without music, and many people experience music as a crucial aspect of their everyday lives. Music offers numerous personal and social benefits, including improvements in cognitive-emotional awareness, enhanced self-regulating behaviour, and...

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.


In the above quotation Victor Hugo captures a widely acknowledged attribute of music – the sense that it helps us to communicate. It has been described, for...

Our ability to experience and understand expressed emotions is something we take for granted. Whilst we may be aware that the feelings we experience in response to a spring morning, or a heavy day at the office, differ in quality from those we experience when listening to a...