The Science of the Creative and Performing Arts Group

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Our research group investigates the cognitive and neural bases of music, dance and the visual arts. We work to understand these domains per se, as well as to provide a window onto perceptual and motor learning processes, creativity, aesthetic appreciation and therapeutic applications.

Our research group investigates the cognitive and neural bases of music, dance and the visual arts. We work to understand these domains per se, as well as to provide a window onto perceptual and motor learning processes, creativity, aesthetic appreciation and therapeutic applications.

Visit individual staff web pages to learn more about specific research interests, recent papers, grants and awards.

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The Science of the Creative and Performing Arts Group examines dance, among other creative forms, from a Psychological perspective.

Research highlights

The LongGold project, a longitudinal project on the development of musical abilities as well as related cognitive and social skills during adolescence, conducted together with several schools across the UK and Germany. Principal Investigator, Prof Daniel Mullensiefen

Sounds within Reach, a collaboration to explore the role of sound in aiding relearning of movement after stroke, with colleagues at the Upper Limb Service of the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery

A recent MRC/AHRC award (category: Global Challenges Research Fund) explores the potential role of group singing to alleviate anxiety and depression in the perinatal period in The Gambia, West Africa. Principal Investigator, Prof Lauren Stewart

A British Academy funded project on the role of embodiment in aesthetic appreciation, using motion capture technology to record graffiti artists’ movements.  Principal Investigator: Dr Rebecca Chamberlain

We recently celebrated 10 years of the MSc in Music Mind and Brain programme and the launch of our newest MSc programme, in the Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity (PANC).

Open science

The Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) and related tests that are all freely accessible as is the Involuntary Musical Imagery Scale (IMIS).

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