Oxford Seminar in the Psychology of Music: Daniel Müllensiefen

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Music plays a major part in many people’s life, especially during the teenage years where adolescents often make a conscious choice to invest time and money into music (or not) and music might become an important part of their identity. However, still little is known about how musical abilities grow during the years between 10 and 20 and where differences in the individual musical abilities come from and how they interact the growing of intelligence and other cognitive resources. To answer these questions the talk will present findings from the LongGold study (longgold.org) that is tracking the development of secondary school students in the UK and Germany over time. We will show how musicality has positive associations with cognitive skills and growth mindset attitudes and how we might encourage these positive developments.



Daniel Müllensiefen is a professor of psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and a research fellow at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover, Germany. Among his research specialties are computational and statistical models of music perception, cognitive biases in musical judgement and the measurement of musical abilities.  He currently leads the LongGold project, a longitudinal study on the development of musical and other cognitive and social abilities during adolescence.


About the Series:

The Oxford Seminar in the Psychology of Music (OSPoM) features leading researchers presenting a wide variety of topics in the intersection between music and psychology. The Seminar is convened by Eric Clarke (University of Oxford). The seminars start at 5.15pm GMT, and last for 90 minutes – 45 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes of discussion. These seminars are open to all and are hosted in a hybrid format: join in person (in the Committee Room of the Oxford Faculty of Music) or remotely via Zoom.

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