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I am a Senior Lecturer and leader of the Brain, Mind and Behaviour group in the Division of Psychology at London South Bank University. I am also Course Director for the BSc Psychology (Clinical) course.

I am a cognitive neuroscientist with a primary expertise in EEG. After obtaining my PhD from Goldsmiths, I carried out post-doctoral research at Goldsmiths, Caltech, and the University of Cambridge. My main research interests are in the areas of music psychology and the role that music plays in different areas of our lives.

I have a long-standing interest in understanding the processes that underpin commonalities between music and language, as well as how music influences other domains. For example, I have worked with colleagues to investigate how music may influence perception of fairness, risk-taking, and more generally social decision making (with Dr Claudia Civai). Thanks to my expertise in music psychology and neuroscience, I have collaborated on projects with economic and societal impact, such as evaluating music perception in orchestra musicians under different acoustic environments (Prof Steve Dance; Dr Eric Ballestero), and the use of music in care settings (Memory Tracks). I am currently an academic consultant at Kouo, a start up company that aims to use neuroscience to improve wellbeing using wearable technology.

Courses taught

Psychology - MSc

Psychology - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Child Development) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Clinical Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Psychology (Forensic Psychology) - BSc (Hons)

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Mr Johan Pieter Van Den BergDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mrs Emmanuella Joy OsofisanExecutive functioning in adults with developmental dyslexiaPhD
Miss Donna Michelle CiarloDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
PhD in Psychology

Goldsmiths, University of London

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Goldsmiths, University of London

Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
Royal Holloway, University of London

Research Associate
University of Cambridge

Research Associate
California Institute of Technology

FunderYear wonProjectRole
British Academy 2022Human contact in the digital age: a soon to be scarce luxury good?Principal Investigator
Higher Education Academy
Music Perception
Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Brain Topography
Brain Sciences
Language Cognition and Neuroscience
UKRI - Future Leaders Fellowships 
King's Health Partners - R&D Challenge Fund

Filter publications

How perceived scarcity predicted cooperation during early pandemic lockdown.
Civai, C., Caserotti, M., Carrus, E., Huijsmans, I. and Rubaltelli, E. (2022). How perceived scarcity predicted cooperation during early pandemic lockdown. Frontiers in Psychology.

Does unfairness sound wrong? A cross-domain investigation of expectations in music and social decision-making
Civai, C, Teodorini, R and Carrus, E (2020). Does unfairness sound wrong? A cross-domain investigation of expectations in music and social decision-making. Royal Society Open Science. 7 (9).