BSc MSc PhD
Visiting Researcher in the Social & Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group
- Lecturer at Brunel University London
My primary interest is in the social bonding effects of music. How can making music in a group make us feel more connected to that group, and how does that influence our health and well-being? I work with the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group to investigate this and other questions relating to the evolution of social behaviour. I'm also a lecturer at Brunel University London, teaching music psychology, biological psychology and some evolutionary psychology.
Singing together or apart: The effect of competitive and cooperative singing on social bonding within and between sub-groups of a university Fraternity.
Pearce E. et al, (2016), Psychol Music, 44, 1255 - 1273
Synchrony as an Adaptive Mechanism for Large-Scale Human Social Bonding
Launay J. et al, (2016), Ethology, 122, 779 - 789
Silent disco: dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness.
Tarr B. et al, (2016), Evol Hum Behav, 37, 343 - 349
The Complexity of Jokes Is Limited by Cognitive Constraints on Mentalizing.
Dunbar RI. et al, (2016), Hum Nat, 27, 130 - 140
Life course similarities on social networking sites
Dávid-Barrett T. et al, (2016), Advances in Life Course Research