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Durham University



Miss Sarah Hashim

Member of the Department of Music

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Sarah is a research postgraduate student in the Department of Music. Her current research project is exploring visual mental imagery as a mediatory factor linking music listening to an emotional response. 

In 2017, Sarah received a BMus in Music from City, University of London, where she completed a dissertation on ‘Alexander Scriabin and Synaesthesia: Reception, History, and Experiencing the Aesthetics of Synaesthesia’, and received piano tuition from performer and researcher Ceri Owen. She also received an MSc in Music, Mind and Brain from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2018, submitting a research project on ‘Investigating the Effects of Suppressing Visual Mental Imagery on Emotional Response’. In May 2018, Sarah presented a poster on the progress of her MSc project at the KOSMOS Workshop at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. 

For her current project, Sarah aims to identify suppression techniques occupying different modalities that are most effective in suppressing visual mental imagery in response to music. After a previous project had confirmed the possibility of imagery suppression when applied to musical stimuli, her current focus is on uncovering the particular attributes that lead to a successful suppressor and elucidating the scope of visual imagery’s influence as an underlying mechanism for emotions to music by trying to account for extraneous shifts in attention.

Research Interests

  • Music and emotion
  • Music cognition
  • Visual memory
  • Visual mental imagery