Edition 12

President’s column; research excellence framework; effort in testing; and more

change management; the dopaminergic mind; others in mind; masculinities; and what your stuff says about you

Steven Livingstone on difficult paths and last taboos in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

Lauren Stewart on amusia, and the window it provides on musical development

Listening to music is effortless and highly rewarding for most of us. But people with congenital amusia have life-long difficulties in this regard – they don’t recognise tunes that would be...

Jane Davidson, Robert Faulkner and Gary McPherson on how to create the right conditions to take our natural interest in music to the next level

Music is an absorbing and stimulating activity. In the West, listening is the major form of engagement, with the many cognitive and motor skills associated with musical instrument playing being...

Victoria Williamson compares two human universals

Comparing language and music is a tradition inherited from Aristotle and Darwin. The aim of the game is to learn more about how we interact with our auditory environment by understanding why...

Pam Heaton on what the understanding of emotion in music amongst those with autism could tell us about its functions and role in genera

Theoretical accounts have often assumed that emotion recognition abilities in music are the same as those in understanding social-emotional cues, for example in faces and voices. Individuals with...

Susan Hallam on the nature and importance of musical ability

Music psychology has a long history dating back to the end of the 19th century. It is a distinctive strand of psychology that has grown in strength over the years with researchers in the UK...

Adrian C. North and David J. Hargreaves introduce the special issue with a look at how music psychology is changing in the digital era

The digital revolution has led to music being increasingly integrated into the stream of daily life. This in turn has led to researchers showing greater interest in the effects of music on a wide...

child welfare and immigration control; placement courses; reviewing primary education; debt and mental health; retirement; immersive VR; and more