[Press & Publications] The Effects of Music

March 2000

No 67

International experts gather to discuss whether music is the food of love or a lot more. We know that music can change our emotions, pulling at our heartstrings or lifting our mood. But did you realise how far these 'effects' of music could go?

Over the past few years, researchers all over the world have been studying all the different ways that music can affect us. All will be revealed at the University of Leicester, when the experts gather for a conference on the effects of music.

The Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education has organised the two-day conference on April 8 and 9 which will focus specifically on the effects music can have on the way we think, reason, study and learn, feel, and interact with other people.

Dr Alexandra Lamont, of the University of Leicester's Department of Psychology, said: 'There has been plenty of controversy over research findings suggesting, for example, that "music makes you smarter".

"The kind of music we're talking about can range from short bursts of Mozart to learning an instrument over many years, and the effects can be physical, social, intellectual, and emotional. So there's plenty to tackle in this fascinating area, and we're looking forward to some lively but rigorous debate."

Dr Frances Rauscher (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh) will open the conference with a keynote presentation on her latest research into the effects of music training and exposure to music on spatial-temporal abilities and brain development. Dr Rauscher is internationally known for her research in this area and has advised President Clinton in the US on educational policy.

Invited presentations will focus on the effects of music and music training on learning and studying. Professor Susan Hallam (Oxford Brookes University) will talk about how background music affects studying. Anne Savan (University of Reading) will be talking about the physiological effects of background music and how this can help children with behavioural difficulties concentrate at school. And Dr Madeleine Zulauf (Lausanne) will talk about the cognitive and social effects of an extended music teaching programme in Switzerland.

The Hickman Paper (awarded to a promising postgraduate student) will be given by Andrea Kilgour from Queen's University, Kingston, Canada on her research into the effects of music training on a range of intellectual abilities.

The conference also includes presentations from an international collection of researchers, focused around four themes:

  • the "Mozart Effect" - the effects of music on specific kinds of reasoning skills;
  • the social and emotional effects of music;
  • the physical and intellectual effects of music;
  • and the effects of music on memory and reading.
  • For more information, visit our website:

    http://www.srpmme.u-net.com/apr2000.html - or contact Alexandra Lamont, Department of Psychology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK, telephone +44 (0)116 223 1012, Fax +44 (0)116 252 2067, email AML11@le.ac.uk

    This conference is supported by the British Academy, the Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education, and the Department of Psychology at the University of Leicester.


    Conference sessions will be held between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday at the University of Leicester's main site. For booking forms and more information, see the conference website: http://www.sprmme.u-net.com/apr2000.html or contact Alexandra Lamont, Department of Psychology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK. Telephone +44 (0)116 223 1012, Fax +44 (0)116 252 2067, email AML11@le.ac.uk.

    [Leicester University] [*] Administration [*] Press & Publications
    Information supplied by: Barbara Whiteman
    Last updated: 27 March 2000 15:29
    University Administration Web Maintainer

    This document has been approved by the head of department or section.
    If you are an authorised user you may edit this document through your Web browser.