About

I am a final year PhD candidate in the Music Cognition Lab, part of the Cognitive Science Research Group at Queen Mary University of London. I am researching the effects of expectation1 on chills2 experienced in response to music listening with Marcus Pearce and Emmanouil Benetos, using behavioral, physiological, and computational methods. I am interested in music cognition, empirical aesthetics, data science, data vizualisation, and open science.

I currently live in Brooklyn, NY, and work part-time as a Data Fellow for the Alliance for Downtown New York. You can reach me by email, and find me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Github, OSF, and Google Scholar.

Education

Publications

  1. The relationship between valence and chills: A corpus analysis [doi, pdf, code]
  2. Chills in music: An integrative review [doi, pdf, data]
  3. Reward prediction tells us less than expected about musical pleasure [doi, pdf, code]
  4. Information-theoretic measures predict rhythm complexity [doi, pdf, suppl, data]

Conferences

  1. SMPC at New York University [pdf, url]
  2. SEMPRE at University of Cambridge [pdf, url]
  3. DMRN at Queen Mary University of London [pdf, url]
  4. EiTIC at Pompeu Fabra University [pdf, url]
  5. ESCOM at Royal Northern College of Music [pdf, url]
  6. ICTTP at Ionian University [pdf, url]

Teaching

Guest lectures for Research Methods and Music Perception and Cognition postgraduate modules at QMUL:

Workshops for Music Cognition Lab seminars and Media & Arts Technology peer teaching sessions:

Data journalism

Projects conducted as a Google Fellow for the Guardian Visuals and Data teams:

  1. 2019 Queen’s Speech [url]
  2. Amazon fires [url]
  3. Driving test pass rates [url]
  4. GCSE results day [url]
  5. A-level results day [url]

  1. Musical expectation follows a process of probabilistic prediction of the statistical regularities in musical structure, which allows expectations learned through musical enculturation to be violated, delayed, or confirmed when listening to music, resulting in induced emotions [ref] ↩︎

  2. Chills are a fleeting, pleasurable bodily sensation, sometimes accompanied by goosebumps, experienced when listening to specific musical passages [ref] ↩︎