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Dr Daniel Müllensiefen

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PositionReader in Psychology
Department Psychology
Email d.mullensiefen (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7895
Dr Daniel Müllensiefen

I’m a music psychologist and member of the Music, Mind and Brain research group at Goldsmiths.  I also direct the MSc programme in Music, Mind and Brain

My research interests include musicality and individual differences in musical abilities, the psychometrics of music, memory for music and melodies, involuntary musical imagery (i.e. 'earworms’), the perception of musical similarity, statistical models of cognition, music in advertising, corpus-based musicology, cognitive biases in musical judgement and cognitive issues related to music copyright.

In 2016 I took over the editor role for the open-access journal Empirical Musicology.

Find more details about me on my personal website.

TEACHING & SUPERVISION

I’m happy to supervise any music psychology related projects at BSc or MSc-level and I’m interested in supervising new PhD students.  Potential PhD students should see my research interests below. 

My FACT session (office hours) are Mondays from 11am-12noon. Please email me to book a slot.

GRANTS & AWARDS

In 2016 I received the Anneliese Maier research award from the German Humboldt foundation to develop the Gold-MSI further and to investigate the development of musical abilities over the course of adolescence. Read more here. [https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/amp-2016-en.html]

 

ON THE WEB

  • Personal webpage: http://www.doc.gold.ac.uk/~mas03dm/
  • Lab homepage: http://www.musicmindbrain.com/
  • MSc in Music, Mind and Brain: http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/msc-music-mind-brain/
  • Music, Mind and Brain facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/musicmindandbrain/
  • Music, Mind and Brain blog: https://musicmindandbrain.wordpress.com/ 

 

Research Interests

My research interests include musicality and individual differences in musical abilities, the psychometrics of music, memory for music and melodies, involuntary musical imagery (i.e. 'earworms’), the perception of musical similarity, statistical models of cognition, music in advertising, corpus-based musicology, cognitive biases in musical judgement and cognitive issues related to music copyright. Find more details about my research interests and publication on my my personal website.

I’m generally involved in the research going on within the Music, Mind and Brain research group at Goldsmiths. 

At the moment I’m working most actively on the further development of the Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index and its battery of listening tests. Read about the development of the Gold-MSI and its application to a large sample of about 150,000 participants in this PLoS ONE article  and the assessment of musical abilities in adolescents in Frontiers in Psychology.

 

Publications

Book Section

Is it the song and not the singer? Hit song prediction using structural features of melodies.
Frieler, K; Jakubowski, Kelly and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. Is it the song and not the singer? Hit song prediction using structural features of melodies. In: , ed. Yearbook of the German Society for Music Psychology. 24 UNSPECIFIED, pp. 41-54.

Music, Brands, and Advertising: Testing what works.
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Baker, D. 2015. Music, Brands, and Advertising: Testing what works. In: K Bronner; R Hirt and C Ringe, eds. Audio Branding Yearbook 2014/2015. Nomos. ISBN 978-3-8487-1073-7

Radio Station Jingles: How statistical learning applies to a special genre of audio logos.
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Egermann, H and Burrows, S. 2015. Radio Station Jingles: How statistical learning applies to a special genre of audio logos. In: K Bronner; R Hirt and C Ringe, eds. Audio Branding Yearbook 2014/2015. Nomos, pp. 53-72. ISBN 978-3-8452-6081-5

Perceptual Dimensions of Short Audio Clips and Corresponding Timbre Features
Musil, Jason Jiri; Elnusairi, Budr and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2013. Perceptual Dimensions of Short Audio Clips and Corresponding Timbre Features. In: Mitsuko Aramaki; Mathieu Barthet; Richard Kronland-Martinet and Sølvi Ystad, eds. From Sounds to Music and Emotions. III (7900) Berlin Heidelberg: Springer, pp. 214-227. ISBN 978-3-642-41248-6

Implicit and Explicit Effects of Music on Brand Perception in TV Ads
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Davies, Christopher; Dossman, Lauri; Hansen, Jon Ludvig and Pickering, Alan. 2013. Implicit and Explicit Effects of Music on Brand Perception in TV Ads. In: C Ringe; K Bronner and R Hirt, eds. Audio Branding Academy Yearbook 2012/2013. Hamburg: Audio Branding Academy, pp. 139-153. ISBN 9783832978785

The perception of similarity in court cases of melodic plagiarism and a review of measures of melodic similarity
Wolf, Anna and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2012. The perception of similarity in court cases of melodic plagiarism and a review of measures of melodic similarity. In: J Wewers and U Seifert, eds. Under Construction: Trans- and Interdisciplinary Routes in Music Research. Proceedings of SysMus11, Cologne 2011. Osnabrück Music, pp. 215-222. ISBN 978-3-940255-32-7

Earworms from three angles
Williamson, Victoria J. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2012. Earworms from three angles. In: E Cambouropoulos,; C Tsougras; P Mavromatis and K Pastias, eds. Proceedings of the ICMPC -­‐ ESCOM 2012 Joint Conference: 12th Biennial International Conference for Music Perception and Cognition 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Thessaloniki: School of Music Studies, Aristotle University of Thessalonki, pp. 1124-1133. ISBN 978 - 960 - 99845 - 1 - 5

Sloboda & Parker's recall paradigm for melodic memory: a new computational perspective
Wiggins, Geraint and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2011. Sloboda & Parker's recall paradigm for melodic memory: a new computational perspective. In: Irene Deliege and Jane Davidson, eds. Music and the Mind: Essays in honour of John Sloboda. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 161-188. ISBN 978-0-19-958156-6

Melodic Grouping in Music Information Retrieval: New Methods and Applications
Pearce, Marcus T.; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Wiggins, Geraint. 2010. Melodic Grouping in Music Information Retrieval: New Methods and Applications. In: Zbigniew W. Ras and Alicja Wieczorkowska, eds. Advances in Music Information Retrieval Advances in Music Information Retrieval. 274 Berlin and New York: Springer, pp. 365-390. ISBN 978-3-642-11673-5

Statistical techniques in music psychology: An update
Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2010. Statistical techniques in music psychology: An update. In: Rolf Bader; Christiane Neuhaus and Ulrich Morgenstern, eds. Concepts, Experiments, and Fieldwork: Studies in Systematic Musicology and Ethnomusicology. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 193-215. ISBN 978-3-631-58902-1

Bayesian Model Selection for Harmonic Labelling
Rhodes, Christophe; Lewis, David and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2009. Bayesian Model Selection for Harmonic Labelling. In: Timour Klouche and Thomas Noll, eds. Mathematics and Computation in Music. 37 Berlin and Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, pp. 107-116. ISBN 9783642045783

Statistical techniques in music psychology: An update
Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2009. Statistical techniques in music psychology: An update. In: R Bader; C Neuhaus and C Morgenstern, eds. Concepts, Experiments, and Fieldwork: Studies in Systematic Musicology. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 193-215. ISBN 978-3-631-58902-1

Computational Modelling of Music Cognition and Musical Creativity
Wiggins, Geraint; Pearce, Marcus T. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2009. Computational Modelling of Music Cognition and Musical Creativity. In: Roger T. Dean, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 383-420. ISBN 978-0-19-533161-5

High-level feature descriptors and corpus-based musicology: Techniques for modelling music cognition
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Wiggins, Geraint and Lewis, Martin. 2008. High-level feature descriptors and corpus-based musicology: Techniques for modelling music cognition. In: Albrecht Schneider, ed. Systematic and Comparative Musicology: Concepts, Methods, Findings. 24 Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 133-155. ISBN 978-3-631-57953-4

Modeling memory for melodies
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Hennig, Christian. 2006. Modeling memory for melodies. In: , ed. From Data and Information Analysis to Knowledge Engineering. Springer, pp. 732-739.

What Makes the Difference? Pop Music Stars and TV Talent Show Contestants in Adolescents' Judgements
Lothwesen, Kai and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2005. What Makes the Difference? Pop Music Stars and TV Talent Show Contestants in Adolescents' Judgements. In: Kari Kallioniemi; Kimi Kärki; Janne Mäkelä and Hannu Salmi, eds. History of Stardom reconsidered: The refereed proceedings of the inaugural conference of IIPC, University of Turku, 9-11.11.2006. 1 Turku: International Institute for Popular Culture. ISBN 978-951-29-3472-0

Article

Instrumental idiom in the 16th century: embellishment patterns in arrangements of vocal music
Lewis, David; Crawford, Tim and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2016. Instrumental idiom in the 16th century: embellishment patterns in arrangements of vocal music. Proceedings of the 17th conference of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, pp. 524-530.

A developmental study of latent absolute pitch memory.
Jakubowski, Kelly; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Stewart, Lauren. 2016. A developmental study of latent absolute pitch memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, pp. 1-10. ISSN 1747-0218

Information-theoretic measures predict the human judgement of rhythm complexity.
de Fleurian, Remi; Blackwell, Tim M.; Ben-Tal, Oded and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2016. Information-theoretic measures predict the human judgement of rhythm complexity. Cognitive Science, ISSN 0364-0213

Investigating the importance of self-theories of intelligence and musicality for students' academic and musical achievement
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Harrison, Peter; Caprini, Francesco and Fancourt, Amy. 2015. Investigating the importance of self-theories of intelligence and musicality for students' academic and musical achievement. Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078

Environmental and mental conditions predicting the experience of involuntary musical imagery: An experience sampling method study
Floridou, Georgia A. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. Environmental and mental conditions predicting the experience of involuntary musical imagery: An experience sampling method study. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, pp. 472-486. ISSN 1053-8100

Environmental and mental conditions predicting the experience of involuntary musical imagery: An experience sampling method study.
Floridou, Georgia A. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. Environmental and mental conditions predicting the experience of involuntary musical imagery: An experience sampling method study. Consciousness and Cognition, 33, pp. 472-486. ISSN 1053-8100

Marketing to the senses: Music gets under your skin.
Binet, L; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Morrison, G. 2015. Marketing to the senses: Music gets under your skin. Admap, April, pp. 37-39.

Increased Involuntary Musical Mental Activity Is Not Associated With More Accurate Voluntary Musical Imagery.
Weir, G; Williamson, V.J and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. Increased Involuntary Musical Mental Activity Is Not Associated With More Accurate Voluntary Musical Imagery. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 25(1), pp. 48-57. ISSN 0275-3987

The Involuntary Musical Imagery Scale (IMIS).
Floridou, Georgia A.; Williamson, Victoria J.; Stewart, Lauren and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. The Involuntary Musical Imagery Scale (IMIS). Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 25(1), pp. 28-36. ISSN 0275-3987

Validation of the Gold-MSI questionnaire to measure musical sophistication of German students at secondary education schools.
Fiedler, D and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2015. Validation of the Gold-MSI questionnaire to measure musical sophistication of German students at secondary education schools. Musikpädagogische Forschung / Research in Music Education, 36, pp. 199-219.

The Role of Features and Context in Recognition of Novel Melodies
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Halpern, Andrea. 2014. The Role of Features and Context in Recognition of Novel Melodies. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 31(5), pp. 418-435. ISSN 0730-7829

Individual Differences Predict Patterns in Spontaneous Involuntary Musical Imagery
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Fry, J.; Jones, Rhiannon; Jilka, S.; Stewart, Lauren and Williamson, Victoria J.. 2014. Individual Differences Predict Patterns in Spontaneous Involuntary Musical Imagery. Music Perception, 31(4), pp. 323-338. ISSN 0730-7829

Comparing Perceptual and Computational Complexity for Short Rhythmic Patterns
Blackwell, Tim and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2014. Comparing Perceptual and Computational Complexity for Short Rhythmic Patterns. Procedia-Social and behavioural sciences, 126, pp. 111-112.

The Musicality of Non-Musicians: An Index for Assessing Musical Sophistication in the General Population
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Gingras, Bruno; Musil, Jason and Stewart, Lauren. 2014. The Musicality of Non-Musicians: An Index for Assessing Musical Sophistication in the General Population. PLoS ONE, 9(2), e89642. ISSN 1932-6203

Replication in music psychology
Frieler, K.; Müllensiefen, Daniel; Fischinger, T.; Schlemmer, K.; Jakubowski, Kelly and Lothwesen, K.. 2013. Replication in music psychology. Musicae Scientiae, 17(3), pp. 265-276. ISSN 1029-8649

Absolute memory for pitch: A comparative replication of Levitin's 1994 study in six European labs
Frieler, K.; Fischinger, T.; Schlemmer, K.; Lothwesen, K.; Jakubowski, Kelly and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2013. Absolute memory for pitch: A comparative replication of Levitin's 1994 study in six European labs. Musicae Scientiae, 17(3), pp. 334-349. ISSN 1029-8649

The influence of music-elicited emotions and relative pitch on absolute pitch memory for familiar melodies
Jakubowski, Kelly and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2013. The influence of music-elicited emotions and relative pitch on absolute pitch memory for familiar melodies. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 66(7), pp. 1259-1267. ISSN 1747-0218

Towards Cross-Version Harmonic Analysis of Music
Ewert, Sebastian; Müller, Meinard; Konz, Verena; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Wiggins, Geraint A.. 2012. Towards Cross-Version Harmonic Analysis of Music. IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, 14(3), pp. 770-782. ISSN 1520-9210

Singing from the same sheet: computational melodic similarity measurement and copyright law
Cason, Robert and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2012. Singing from the same sheet: computational melodic similarity measurement and copyright law. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, 26(1), pp. 25-36.

The Science of Singing Along: A Quantitative Field Study on Sing-along Behaviour in the North of England
Pawley, Alisun and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2012. The Science of Singing Along: A Quantitative Field Study on Sing-along Behaviour in the North of England. Music Perception, 30(2), pp. 129-146. ISSN 0730-7829

The Experience of Music in Congenital Amusia
Omigie, Diana; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Stewart, Lauren. 2012. The Experience of Music in Congenital Amusia. Music Perception, 30(1), pp. 1-18. ISSN 0730-7829

How do earworms start? Classifying the everyday circumstances of Involuntary Musical Imagery
Williamson, V. J.; Jilka, S.; Fry, J.; Finkel, S.; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Stewart, Lauren. 2011. How do earworms start? Classifying the everyday circumstances of Involuntary Musical Imagery. Psychology of Music, 40(3), pp. 259-284.

The role of expectation and probabilistic learning in auditory boundary perception: A model comparison
Pearce, Marcus T.; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Wiggins, Geraint. 2010. The role of expectation and probabilistic learning in auditory boundary perception: A model comparison. Perception, 39(10), pp. 1365-1391. ISSN 0301-0066

On the non-existence of music: Why music theory is a figment of the imagination
Wiggins, Geraint; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Pearce, Marcus T.. 2010. On the non-existence of music: Why music theory is a figment of the imagination. Musicae Scientiae, Discussion Forum, 5, pp. 231-255.

Within-Subject Comparison of Changes in a Pre-test-Post-test Design
Hennig, Christian; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Bargmann, Jens. 2010. Within-Subject Comparison of Changes in a Pre-test-Post-test Design. Applied Psychological Measurement, 34(5), pp. 291-309. ISSN 0146-6216

Case Study ``Beatles Songs'' — What can be Learned from Unreliable Music Alignments?
Ewert, Sebastian; Müller, Meinard; Müllensiefen, Daniel; Clausen, Michael and Wiggins, Geraint A.. 2009. Case Study ``Beatles Songs'' — What can be Learned from Unreliable Music Alignments? Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings, pp. 1-16. ISSN 1862 - 4405

Court decisions on music plagiarism and the predictive value of similarity algorithms
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Pendzich, Marc. 2009. Court decisions on music plagiarism and the predictive value of similarity algorithms. Musicae Scientiae, Discussion Forum, 4B, pp. 257-295.

The Perception of Accents in Pop Music Melodies
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Pfleiderer, Martin and Frieler, Klaus. 2009. The Perception of Accents in Pop Music Melodies. Journal of New Music Research, 38(1), pp. 19-44. ISSN 0929-8215

Effects of timbre and tempo change on memory for music
Halpern, Andrea and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2008. Effects of timbre and tempo change on memory for music. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61(9), pp. 1371-1384. ISSN 1747-0218

David Huron, Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006, 512 pp., ISBN 0262083450, (Hardcover)
Pearce, Marcus T. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2008. David Huron, Sweet Anticipation: Music and the Psychology of Expectation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006, 512 pp., ISBN 0262083450, (Hardcover). Musicae Scientiae, 12(1), pp. 158-168. ISSN 1029-8649

Classification in music research
Weihs, Claus; Ligges, Uwe; Mörchen, Fabian and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2007. Classification in music research. Advances in Data Analysis and Classification, 1(3), pp. 255-291. ISSN 1862-5347

Modelling experts notions of melodic similarity
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Frieler, Klaus. 2007. Modelling experts notions of melodic similarity. Musicae Scientiae, Discussion Forum, 4A, pp. 183-210.

Cognitive Adequacy in the Measurement of Melodic Similarity: Algorithmic vs. Human Judgments
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Frieler, Klaus. 2004. Cognitive Adequacy in the Measurement of Melodic Similarity: Algorithmic vs. Human Judgments. Computing in Musicology, 13, pp. 147-176.

Conference or Workshop Item

Can correlations imply causation? Causal modeling and music psychology research.
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Floridou, Georgia A. and Jakubowski, Kelly. 2015. 'Can correlations imply causation? Causal modeling and music psychology research.'. In: Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Manchester, United Kingdom.

Corpus Analysis Tools for Computational Hook Discovery.
Van Balen, J; Burgoyne, J.A; Bountouridis, D; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Veltkamp, R. 2015. 'Corpus Analysis Tools for Computational Hook Discovery.'. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference 2014. Spain.

Multi-modal Musical Performance Capture
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Baker, David; Lewis, Richard; Rhodes, Christophe; Fields, Ben and Crawford, Tim. 2014. 'Multi-modal Musical Performance Capture'. In: Digital Music Research Network (DMRN+9). London, United Kingdom.

Recognition of leitmotives in Richard Wagner's music: chroma distance and listener expertise
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Baker, David; Rhodes, Christophe; Crawford, Tim and Dreyfus, Laurence. 2014. 'Recognition of leitmotives in Richard Wagner's music: chroma distance and listener expertise'. In: European Conference on Data Analysis. Bremen, Germany 2 - 4 July 2014.

Singing from the same sheet: A new approach to measuring tune similarity and its legal implications
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Cason, Robert. 2012. 'Singing from the same sheet: A new approach to measuring tune similarity and its legal implications'. In: Seminar. Greenwich Univeristy, United Kingdom.

An empirical field study on sing-along behaviour in the North of England
Pawley, Alisun R. and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2011. 'An empirical field study on sing-along behaviour in the North of England'. In: 7th International Conference on Music Since 1900. Lancaster, United Kingdom.

What's Behind Hits and False Alarms in Musical Memory?
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Halpern, Andrea. 2011. 'What's Behind Hits and False Alarms in Musical Memory?'. In: 4th Conference on the Neurosciences and Music. Edinburgh, United Kingdom June 9-11.

Involuntary musical imagery: Investigating musical features that predict earworms
Finkel, S.; Jilka, S.; Williamson, Victoria J.; Stewart, Lauren and Müllensiefen, Daniel. 2010. 'Involuntary musical imagery: Investigating musical features that predict earworms'. In: Third International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus10), University of Cambridge, UK. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Court decisions on music plagiarism and the predictive value of similarity algorithms
Müllensiefen, Daniel and Pendzich, Marc. 2009. 'Court decisions on music plagiarism and the predictive value of similarity algorithms'. In: 7th Triennial Conference of the European Society of the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM 2009). University of Jyäskylä, Finland.

Treating Inherent Ambiguity in Ground Truth Data: Evaluating a Chord Labelling Algorithm
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Lewis, David; Rhodes, Christophe and Wiggins, Geraint. 2007. 'Treating Inherent Ambiguity in Ground Truth Data: Evaluating a Chord Labelling Algorithm'. In: 8th International Conference on Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR). Vienna, Austria 23 - 27 September 2007.

Segmenting pop melodies: A model comparison approach
Müllensiefen, Daniel; Pearce, M.; Wiggins, Geraint and Frieler, K.. 2007. 'Segmenting pop melodies: A model comparison approach'. In: Conference for the Society for Music Perception and Cognition. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

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