International Summer School on Musical Understanding: Philosophical, Psychological, and Neuroscientific approaches

What phenomenological experiences are connected to musical engagement and understanding and how do these experiences vary with background and listening context? What faculties underlie musical understanding and how are these reflected in neuroscientific and psychological findings?

This summer school will investigate musical understanding from philosophical, psychological and neuroscientific perspectives and will address the raised questions through presentations, discussions, reading groups, and analysis of empirical work conducted before and during the summer school. The aim of the school is to provide an opportunity to engage with cutting edge research, interact with leading academics, and participate actively in debate, research design, analysis and presentation.

The summer school is likely to appeal to graduate students wishing to pursue an academic career in Psychology of Music. The summer school will help students to gain advanced research experience and training in a short period of time and to develop and demonstrate academic opinions and skills within a supportive environment of peers.

There will be place for maximally 30 students. Applications will be open until 14 March, 2013. To apply, please fill out the application form including a letter of motivation and an abstract for a poster presentation (both up to 500 words) and send this to Andrea Schiavio (e-mail:

Registration for the Summer School will be open from the 9th of April 2013. The full programme will be published on the website by that time.

The speakers and lecturers of the summer school will include:
Prof. Tuomas Eerola (University of Jyväskylä)
Dr. Katie Overy (University of Edinburgh)
Prof. Corrado Sinigaglia (University of Milan)
Dr. Nicola Dibben & Dr. Renee Timmers (University of Sheffield)