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Prof John Gruzelier

Professorial Research Fellow
j.gruzelier (@gold.ac.uk)+44 (0)20 7919 2221

John Gruzelier is Emeritus Professor of Psychology, joining Goldsmiths as a Professorial Research Fellow in 2006 from the medical faculty of Imperial College London where he had a department of Cognitive Neuroscience before its merger with the Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health.

Keywords for research include: EEG-Neurofeedback, Cognitive Peak Performance, Creativity, Performing Arts, EEG oscillations, Brain & Hypnosis, Self-Hypnosis/Visualisation & Immune Function, Energy Medicine, Schizophrenia, Schizotypy.

Keywords for current research include:

  • EEG-Neurofeedback
  • Cognitive Peak Performance
  • Performing Arts
  • Creativity
  • EEG Oscillations
  • Brain & Hypnosis
  • Self-Hypnosis/Visualisation and Immune Function
  • Energy Medicine
  • Schizophrenia & Schizotypy

Validation has been an over riding concern.

Recent Funding:

  • National Endowment for Science, Technology & Arts (NESTA) "Making Waves": application of neurofeedback to novice and advanced musical performance in adults and children and to examine effects on learning, creativity, well-being and academic performance: www.nesta.org.uk/ourawardees/profiles/5528/index.html with Trinity College of Music, Goldsmiths, ARK.www.arkschools.org
  • EU 6th Framework Programme, Emerging Technologies, Presenccia, WP ”Creative Presence States”.
    This incorporated Virtual Reality with neurofeedback and applications included dance (Laban), acting, etc. Virtual Reality was incorporated with visualisation and self-hypnosis.
  • EU Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) network on Electrical neuronal oscillations and cognition (ENOC). www.manu.edu.mk/costb27/
  • German Science Council (DFG), with Niels Birbaumer & Martin Lotze funding Boris Kleber to apply EEG-biofeedback to singers from Stuttgart Opera and Stuttgart Music Conservatory, and to include fMRI assessment.
  • Korean Institute of Brain Science grant for validation of outcome of Brain Wave Vibration versus complimentary yoga/meditation practices (Inyengar, Mindfulness) and EEG studies.
  • NIHR Research for Patient Benefit. With Drs Smithard & Lalit (Kings), Linnell (Goldsmiths) neurofeedback based intervention to reduce neglect and improve function in stroke patients.
  • PhD fellowship for Dr Max Chen from School of Medicine, Chang Gung University nd Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, for application of acutaneous stimulation with neurofeedback on attention .
  • PhD fellowship for Tomas Ros from Brain Health, London for application of neurofeedback to chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • ESRC PhD award for Helen Brinston with Dr Karina Linnell for application of neurofeedback to stroke.

Academic activities include:

  • President, Society for Applied Neuroscience (SAN), www.applied-neuroscience.org
  • Vice-president, Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) B27 Electrical neuronal oscillations and cognition, www.manu.edu.mk/costb27/
  • Editor, Contemporary Hypnosis, an international journal of the British Society for Experimental and Clinical Hypnosis. www.crownhouse.co.uk
  • 270 scientific publications on topics aside form the above interests, topics from his earlier career: the cognitive neuroscience of schizophrenia, psychosis-proneness, brain lateralisation, hypnosis, stress-related and immune disorders (HSV-2 and HIV) and recreational drugs (ecstacy).
  • PhD students: Deborah Bowden, Helen Brinson, Max Chen, Joseph Leach, Akira Naito (ICL), Tomas Ros, Tony Steffert,

Professional Awards, Editorships, Officer Posts in Scientific Societies:

  • 2004 the Ernest R. Hilgard award of the International Hypnosis Society for lifetime Scientific Excellence.
  • 2001 the best clinical paper award of the US Society of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.
  • Co-editor of the International Journal of Psychophysiology since its inception in 1984 until 2004.
  • Member of Editorial Boards of European Psychologist, the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the Journal of Neurotherapy.
  • Board of Governors of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology.
  • Fellow British Psychological Society, International Organisation of Psychophysilogy, Royal Society of Arts.
  • A past president of the British Psychophysiology Society.
  • A past vice-president of the European Federation of Psychophysiological Societies.

Academic qualifications

B.A. Psychology, Auckland University, New Zealand, 1965.
M.A. Honours Psychology, Auckland University, New Zealand, 1968.
Ph.D. Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, England, 1973.
Honorary Visiting Professor and Associate, Institute for Medical Psychology & Behavioural Neurobiology, University of Tuebingen, Germany.

  • Fellow of the British Psychological Society.
  • Fellow of the International Organisation of Psychophysiology.
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
  • Fellow of the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis.

Teaching

Doctoral students: Goldsmiths

  • Tomas Ros, full-time. Optimising perceptuo-motor performance and learning with EEG neurofeedback. Co-supervisor Karina Linnell. Completed 2010.
  • Deborah Bowden, full-time. Controlled studies of the efficacy of Reiki healing. (Co-supervisor Lorna Goddard) Submitted July, 2010.
  • Max Chen, full-time Electrostimulation Contingencies and Attention, Electrocortical Activity and Neurofeedback. To submit September, 2010.
  • Joseph Leach, full-time Neurofeedback and creative singing performance. To submit 2011.
  • Helen Brinson, full-time (EPSRC) Neurofeedback as a rehabilitative intervention in stroke-induced visual neglect. (Karina Linnell primary supervisor). Currently year 3.
  • Assistant Clinical Psychologist, Tokanui Psychiatric Hospital, New Zealand, December 1965-February 1966.

Postgraduate supervision: CX/ICL

John Connolly, Postdoctoral studies (1976-1978): Augmenting-reducing in cortical event related potentials in schizophrenia.

Jeff Jutai, Canada, Postdoctoral studies (1982-1985): Electrocortical topography in schizophrenia.

Frank Eves, PhD awarded 1985: Individual differences in cardiovascular adjustment elicited by high intensity auditory stimulation in humans.

Sheila Stevens, PhD awarded 1989: Cognitive response style and individual differences in psychophysiology in schizophrenia.

John Prescott, Australia, postgraduate studies 1979-1981: Augmenting-reducing in auditory evoked potentials in schizophrenia.

Mathew Mathews, M Phil awarded 1991: Auditory sensory functions and hallucinations in schizophrenia.

Ashley Conway, PhD awarded 1993: Hypnotically induced triggers for hyperventilation.

Adrian Burgess, PhD awarded 1996.: The reliability and validity of EEG topographical mapping.

Jochan Kaiser, Ph.D awarded 1995-1998.: EEG coherence in relation to age at puberty.

Tobias Egner, PhD awarded 1999-2002: Learned self-regulation of EEG frequency components and its effects on electrocortical, cognitive and music performance.

Corinna Haenschel, PhD awarded 1998-2002: Gamma and beta frequencies in response to novel auditory stimuli.

Nick Cooper, PhD awarded 1999-2003: EEG in relation to in internally and externally directed attention.

Akira Naito, PhD, 2001-2004: The influence of psychological intervention upon neuro-endocrine-immune interaction.

Presentations and exhibitions

Exhibition

  • Science Museum, S Kensington, Neurobotics exhibition, October – March 2007 (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/neurobotics/smart/118.asp)

Keynote lectures

While at Goldsmiths 2006-2010

  • Enhancing music performance with EEG-neurofeedback. Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences. Skopje, Macedonia. June, 2006.
  • Enhancing function through mind-body connections. International meeting on Higher Sensory Functions, Seoul, S. Korea. July, 2006.
  • Hypnosis: The brain, immune system and therapy. Keynote, Dutch Hypnosis 75th Jubilee meeting, Utecht, April, 2007.
  • The Brain and Hypnosis: Therapeutic Implications. Keynote, German Hypnosis Society, Bad Lippspringe, November, 2007.
  • Enhancing music and dance performance with EEG-neurofeedback. Keynote, 1st International Symposium on Performance Science, Oporto, November, 2007.
  • Self-hypnosis and beyond. Waxman memorial lecture. Royal Society of Medicine, Section Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine. December, 2007.
  • Gruzelier, J. Thomson, T., Steffert, T., Bowden, D. Health, Well-being & Immune Up-Regulation with Self-Hypnosis & Reiki. Symposium, European Society of Hypnosis, triennial meeting, August, 2008, Vienna.
  • Gruzelier, J. Neural efficiency and hypnotisability. European Society of Hypnosis, triennial meeting ,Vienna, August, 2008.
  • Performance enhancement with EEG-neurofeedback. LCASE symposium British Association of Orchestras, Somerset Hs, June, 2008.
  • Gruzelier, J.H. Maximising potential with brain wave training. Korean Institute of Brain Science, Seoul, 6th November, 2008.
  • The mind-body connection and healing. Health, Mental Health and Exceptional Human Experiences, Liverpool Hope University.July, 2009.
  • Gruzelier, JH, Steffert, T, Thompson.T. Controlled trials of 2 and 3D virtual reality-assisted creative immune-visualisation self-hypnosis training. International Society of Hypnosis, Rome, September, 2009.
  • Realising educational potential through EEG-Neurofeedback training. Public lecture, University of Malta, September, 2009

Conferences

  • Tony Steffert, Annie Frick, Martin Batty, Malcolm Hawken, Claire Sturge, Katherine Loveday, John Gruzelier. A controlled comparison of EEG-neurofeedback and attention training for children with ADHD. Society for Applied Neuroscience, Swansea. September, 2006.
  • Boris Kleber, John Gruzelier, Martin Lotze, Niels Birbaumer. EEG-neurofeedback training of elite singers including fMRI assessments. Society for Applied Neuroscience, Swansea. September, 2006.
  • John Gruzelier. Theta circuitry and implications for peak performance. Society for Applied Neuroscience, Swansea, September, 2006.
  • Tomas Ros, Philip Bloom, Larry Benjamin, Merrick Moseley, John Gruzelier. Neurofeedback Peak Performance Training in Microsurgery: A controlled study. Society for Applied Neuroscience, Swansea, September, 2006.
  • John Gruzelier, Hawken, M.B., Bonnington, S., Tang, B-K., & Batty, M.J. Relaxation strategies and enhancement of hypnotic susceptibility: neurofeedback, self-hypnosis and progressive muscle relaxation. Society for Applied Neuroscience, Swansea, September, 2006.
  • Joe Leach, Kate Bulpin, Shama Khan, Alex Rass, Claire Nelson, John Gruzelier. Controlled study of neurofeedback with novice singers. Society for Applied Neuroscience, Swansea, September., 2006 (poster).
  • EEG-neurofeedback for peak performance: Evidence & theory. Neuroscience Today, Florence, March, 2007.
  • B. Kleber, J. Gruzelier, M Bensch, R. Vait, M. Lotze, N. Birbaumer. fMRI correlates of professional singing after neurofeedback training. Applied Neuroscience conference, Nijmegen, May, 2007.
  • J. Leach, K. Bulpin, S. Rahman, A. Rass,T. Chamorro-Premuzic, J. Gruzelier. Increased self-regulation of EEG theta/alpha ratio discloses a differential effect of neurofeedback training on creativity measures. Applied Neuroscience conference, Nijmegen, May, 2007.
  • T. Ros, P. Bloom, L. Benjamin, M. Moseley, M. Hawken, L. Parkinson, J. Gruzelier. Neurofeedback Peak Performance Training in Microsurgery. Applied Neuroscience conference, Nijmegen, May, 2007.
  • T. Thompson, T. Steffert, J. Gruzelier The effect of creative visualisation training on immune function. Applied Neuroscience conference, Nijmegen, May, 2007.
  • John Gruzelier, Tomas Ros, Philip Bloom, Neurofeedback and microsurgery performance. 150th Ann Western Eye Hospital. November, 2007.
  • Steffert, T., Steed, A., Leach, J., Thompson, T., & Gruzelier, J. (2008). SMR training with an ecologically valid displayPublished Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 77.
  • Thompson, T., Steffert, T., Redding, E., & Gruzelier, J. (2008). The effect of alpha-theta and heart-rate coherence training on creative dance performance. Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Published Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 60.
  • Gruzelier J, Steffert T, Leach J, Thompson T (2008). Alpha/theta versus SMR training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. . Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 59.
  • Leach J, Holmes P, Hirst L, Gruzelier P (2008). Alpha/theta versus SMR training for novice singers/advanced instrumentalists. . Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 62.
  • Kleber, B., Gruzelier, J., Bensch, M., Birbaumer, N. (2008) Effects of EEG-Biofeedback on professional singing performances. . Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 77. 61.
  • Ros, T., Bloom, P., Benjamin, L., Moselely, M., Parkinson, L., & Gruzelier, J. (2008). Optimising microsurgical skills with EEG-neurofeedback. . Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 97-101.
  • Brinson H, Gruzelier J, Linnell K, Kalra L and Steffert T (2008). A controlled pilot study of the efficacy of neurofeedback in enhancing attention in middle-aged participants. . Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 77. 125.
  • Chen M, Gruzelier J, Steffert T, Thompson T, Leach J (2008). Combining transcutaneous electrical acupuncture with neurofeedback training: effects on cognitive performance and EEG spectrum. . Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 77. 140.
  • Chen M, Gruzelier J, Steffert T, Thompson T, Leach J (2008). Effects of transcutaneous acupuncture stimulation on repetitive visual Go/No Go ERPs and sustained attention. Society of Applied Neuroscience, second biennial meeting, Seville. Revista Espanola de Neuropsicologia, 10, 77. 153 -154.
  • Ros, T., Bloom, P., Moseley, M., Benjamin, L., Parkinson, L., Gruzelier, J. Optimising microsurgical skills with EEG neurofeedback. Presentation to International Society of Neuronal Regulation (ISNR), San Antonio, Texas, October .Published Journal of Neurotherapy, September, 2008.
  • Efficacy of neurofeedback with contemporary dancers. Trinity/Laban February, 2009
  • Alpha/theta neurofeedback, creative performance enhancement, long distance functional connectivity and psychological integration. Mind & Brain VI: Neuroplasticity of Brain & Behaviour, Dubrovnik:April, 2009
  • Max Chen, John Gruzelier: Beneficial effects of electrostimulation contingencies on sustained attention, ERPs and EEG. Mind & Brain VI: Neuroplasticity of Brain & Behaviour, Dubrovnik:April, 2009
  • Alpha/theta neurofeedback, creative performance enhancement, long distance functional connectivity and psychological integration. Mind & Brain VI: Neuroplasticity of Brain & Behaviour, Dubrovnik:April, 2009
  • Tomas Ros, John Gruzelier: Elucidation of CNS mechanisms of beta frequency
  • neurofeedback training with TMS. Mind & Brain VI: Neuroplasticity of Brain & Behaviour, Dubrovnik:April, 2009
  • Tony Steffert, Atsuko Inoue, John Gruzelier: VR immersion and faster-wave neurofeedback.
  • Joseph leach, John Gruzelier: Beneficial effects of Alpha/theta neurofeedback on non-expert singing and expert instrumental performance. Mind & Brain VI: Neuroplasticity of Brain & Behaviour, Dubrovnik:April, 2009
  • Tony Steffert, Atsuko Inoue, John Gruzelier: VR immersion and faster-wave neurofeedback.
  • Joseph leach, John Gruzelier: Beneficial effects of Alpha/theta neurofeedback on non-expert singing and expert instrumental performance. Mind & Brain VI: Neuroplasticity of Brain & Behaviour, Dubrovnik:April, 2009.

Television and video output

Exhibitions / media 2006-

  • Science Museum, S Kensington, Neurobotics exhibition, October – March 2007 (http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/antenna/neurobotics/smart/118.asp)
  • Scientific American commentary www.sciammind.com/
  • BBC1 Documentary, Make Me Smart, featured Gruzelier and neurofeedback. March, 2009, TV Malta.
  • Featured in Ode the magazine for optimists., March 2009
  • Gruzelier interviewed for 30 mins on neurofeedback and creativity. June, 2009.
  • TV documentary broadcast by South Korean TV on Creativity and Technical Innovation which included the neurofeedback and included a shoot in the UCL ReaCTor. March, 2010.

See my research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

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Dr Jane Lessiter

Senior Research Psychologist, i2 media research, Research Fellow
j.lessiter (@gold.ac.uk)+44 (0)20 7717 2201

I specialise in research on the consumer experience of digital media products and services.

I have worked at i2 media research ltd. since it was founded in 2002. At i2, I specialise in research on the consumer experience of digital media products and services, and work across i2’s project portfolio on both commissioned and academic research. This has included:

  • development of assessments to measure quality of media experiences (e.g., ITC-Sense of Presence Inventory)
  • identification of user requirements and unmet needs from products and services
  • accessibility and usability considerations in product and service design with a particular interest in the experiences of people with visual impairment
  • user/consumer segmentations and exploration of respective drivers and barriers to product/service adoption and use
  • evaluation of marketing communications and information campaigns (e.g., conducting research for ITC, Ofcom, Digital UK, and Government departments to inform the successful roll out of digital television switchover)
  • collection and use of personal data for digital media products and services - issues of privacy, security and perceptions of risk

Academic qualifications

BSc PhD CPsychol

See my research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online.

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Bianca Ivanof

PhD student
bivan001 (@gold.ac.uk)

I study sense of agency under the supervision of Dr James Moore and Dr Devin Terhune.

The sense of agency refers to the feeling of being in the driving seat when it comes to our actions. As part of my PhD, I am investigating sense of agency’s relationship with learning by employing behavioural and neurological methods. I also have an interest in free will, philosophy of science and advanced statistics.

In the past, I conducted research in curiosity, memory and learning with my former supervisor at Kingston University, Dr Giulia Galli.

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Dimitra Kale

PhD student
dkale001 (@gold.ac.uk)

My work aims to examine the role that impulsivity traits play to motivation and engagement in using quit smoking services, and success in quitting smoking.

Qualifications and Academic career

2014-2015 Research Associate, University College London
2010-2014 Research Assistant, University College London
2010 MSc Health Psychology, King’s College London and University College London
2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology, Brunel University London
2003 BSc Civil Infrastructure Engineering, Higher Technological Educational Institute (T.E.I) of Thessaloniki, Greece 

See my research outputs on Goldsmiths Research Online

Diego Nardi

PhD student
psychology (@gold.ac.uk)

In carrying out research on applied memory, I've worked on projects linked to cognitive and social aspects involved in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and suggestibility.

The overall aim of my work is to gain a better insight into the underlying cognitive processes required to eyewitnesses and victims during an investigation, and thereby improve the quality of the evidence provided.

My PhD research will examine how individual differences in key cognitive abilities correlate with the performance of eyewitnesses in relevant tasks. General theories are not sufficient to produce such an understanding in the applied field; therefore, the relationship between selected cognitive abilities will be analysed. In addition, the correlation between them and eyewitnesses' reliability of evidence will be explored. The ultimate goal is to develop a screening tool for the police to use to identify witnesses who are most likely to be able to provide reliable evidence and make accurate identifications, helping police forces to develop major leads during an investigation with the most efficient use of time and resources.

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Dr Renata Sadibolova

Post-doc
r.sadibolova (@gold.ac.uk)

Renata is a postdoctoral researcher working on time perception. Her other research interests include somatoperception and body representation.

Renata joined Goldsmiths Psychology department in October 2018 to work with Dr Devin Terhune on a BBSRC-funded project investigating the neurophysiological underpinnings of time perception. The project’s main objective is to determine, with a use of EEG and dopamine voltammetry, the role of dopamine and Beta band synchronisation in intra-individual timing fluctuations. Renata recently completed her PhD and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Birkbeck college, funded respectively by an ESRC studentship and a Birkbeck/Welcome Trust ISSF fellowship. Her published findings contribute to the literature on tactile localisation and body representation. 

Research Interests

Renata’s past work and expertise is in the field of body representation and somatoperception. Her current research focus is on time perception, with a particular interest in factors contributing to intra-individual variability in timing. Renata has a broad interest in, and an experience with, the methods of cognitive neuroscience (EEG, fMRI) and psychophysics. She is also interested in electro-chemical methods, particularly in the recently developed fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV). 

  • Time perception 
  • Intra-individual variability in cognition 
  • Methods of cognitive neuroscience 
  • Fast-scan cyclic voltammetry 
  • Psychophysics 
  • Body representation 
  • Touch 

Grants and Awards

Renata’s PhD was funded by the ESRC and she was awarded a 6-month fellowship from Birkbeck/Welcome Trust Institutional Strategic Fund towards the dissemination of her PhD findings. As a student, she was also a recipient of a number of travel grants by British Psychological Society, Experimental Psychology Society, and Guarantors of the Brain. 

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

As a PhD student, Renata gave demonstrations of her research methods and somatosensory illusions at the events open to public such as ‘Birkbeck Science week’. In her current role, Renata will disseminate her research findings to a wide audience beyond her scientific community and she will contribute to raising the awareness and accessibility of the FSCV for use with patient groups in the UK.

 

 

 

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Dr Martha Borras-Guevara

Post doc
M.borrasguevara (@gold.ac.uk)

Martha’s research interests include social and evolutionary explanations of human behaviour, as well as prejudice reduction against social minorities.

Martha holds a PhD in Psychology from St Andrews University, an MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology from Durham University and a BSc in Biology from Universidad de Los Andes. She has a number of publications on social factors influencing reproductive decisions and is currently investigating social perceptions of different sexual orientations and the personality traits that explain them. The overall aim of her current research is to understand the cause of prejudice against sexual minorities. Personality traits related to sexual dominance orientation (SDO), attitudes against gay people (ATG), as well as contact theory are central to her research.

Research Interests

  • Human mate preferences/choice
  • Prejudice against minorities
  • Prejudice reduction
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Socio-ecological explanations of human behaviour
  • Human inter-group relationships 

Grants and Awards

Martha’s research has been funded by the Colciencias International doctoral scholarship scheme, a St Leonard’s College Scholarship, the Russell Trust, Santander St-Leonard’s College Mobility Scholarships, a Santander Durham University Post-Graduate Scholarship

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

  • 2018     British Academy Summer Showcase: Perceptions of Health.
  • 2017     The secret garden party. Speed dating: Science behind the attraction.
  • 2015     Dundee Science Festival: Face perception stall.
  • 2015     The Museum of St Andrews: Facial mate preferences: the science behind attraction.

Martha’s work has attracted the attention of the media, specifically in the UK. Here is a list of articles about her research on the effect of violence on human mate preferences. 

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Dr Nicolas Ruth

Post-Doctoral Researcher
n.ruth (@gold.ac.uk)

Nicolas is a postdoctoral researcher working on the development of musical abilities and personality. His other research interests include music streaming and effects of prosocial music.

Nicolas joined Goldsmiths' Psychology Department in May 2019 to work with Professor Daniel Müllensiefen on the LongGold project, a Humboldt Foundation-funded study investigating the development of musical abilities. Therefore he received a Feodor-Lynen-scholarship from the Humboldt-Foundation for two years. Nicolas completed his PhD in 2018 and worked as a researcher / lecturer at the University of Wuerzburg in the Department of Media and Business Communication from 2012 until 2019. His PhD was about the effects and representation of prosocial music. 

Research Interests

Nicolas' past work and expertise is in the field of music and media. He investigated the effects of music programming for radio stations, music in advertising and the conceptualisation and effects of music talent shows. Nicolas has a broad interest in, and an experience with, the methods of musicology, communication studies and music/media psychology.

  • Development of musical abilities and personality
  • Prosocial music
  • Music streaming
  • Music and media
  • Music business

Grants and Awards

Nicolas was awarded a 2-years Feodor-Lynen fellowship from the Humboldt-Foundation for his postdoctoral research at Goldsmiths.

Academic qualifications

BA Musicology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany, 2010
MA Popular Music and Media (musicology, media studies, and economics), University of Paderborn, Germany, 2012
PhD Media Communication, Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Germany, 2018

For more information, please see his Research Gate profile.