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Durham University



Dr Imre Lahdelma

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Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Music

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Imre Lahdelma is a post-doctoral researcher funded by the Finnish Osk. Huttunen Foundation. He obtained his PhD degree in musicology from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in 2017. Imre’s doctoral work examined the perception of single chords (i.e., chords without a musical or tonal context) in terms of perceived emotions and psychoacoustic qualities. During his doctoral work he did research visits to the UK (Durham University), Denmark (Aarhus University), and held a Fulbright pre-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, collaborating with the UW Laboratory for Music Cognition, Culture & Learning. 

Imre’s current research focuses on the perception of vertical pitch-combinations from a cross-cultural perspective. His research is situated in the multidisciplinary field of music psychology and draws from methods of experimental psychology, psychoacoustics, musicology, and ethnomusicology. Imre’s current research aims to cast light on the questions of how and to what extent culture affects the way we perceive vertical pitch-combinations, with a focus on the appreciation of consonance/dissonance across listeners familiar with Western and Hindustani (North Indian) music cultures respectively. 

For further information on Imre’s research publications, go to ResearchGate.

Selected Publications

Doctoral Thesis

  • Lahdelma, I (2017). At the interface between sensation and emotion: perceived qualities of single chords. Jyväskylä Studies in Humanities (313). University of Jyväskylä. PhD.

Journal Article

  • Lahdelma, I (2016). Mild dissonance preferred over consonance in single perception. i-Perception (7(3).
  • Lahdelma, I (2016). Single chords convey distinct emotional qualities to both naive and expert listeners. Psychology of Music 37-54.
  • Lahdelma, I (2015). Theoretical proposals on how vertical harmony may convey nostalgia and longing in music. Empirical Musicology Review (10(3): 245-263.

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