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Professor Tuomas Eerola (Head of Department), PhD

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Professor of Music Cognition in the Department of Music
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43150
Room number: 102, Divinity House

Contact Professor Tuomas Eerola (Head of Department) (email at tuomas.eerola@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Tuomas Eerola is Professor in Music Cognition in Durham University. He obtained his MA degree in musicology at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland) in 1997. His pre-doctoral work involved periods of study at Leicester University (UK) and Cornell University (USA). In 2003, he finished his PhD at University of Jyväskylä in musicology (music cognition). In 2003-2006, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the same institution, followed by a postdoctoral position at an EU Project (Tuning the Brain for Music). Between 2007 and 2013, he held a professorship at the the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), first associated with Music, Mind & Technology MA programme and later as a Chair of Musicology. Eerola was affiliated with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Music Research. He is currently the Head of Deparment of the Music Department in Durham University.

Professor Eerola has lead several major research projects, "Sweet Sorrow" funded by the Academy of Finland (2013-2017). He is currently co-investigator in 'Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance', funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, 2016-18), led by Martin Clayton and co-investigators Antonio Camurri (Genoa) and Peter Keller (Sydney).

He has published more than 50 journal articles in the past 10 years (see Google Scholar or ResearchGate). Eerola has been the President of Finnish Musicological Society and serves on several editorial boards including the journals Psychology of Music, and Psychomusicology.

To read more about music psychology at Durham, see Music & Science Lab and Music Psychology at Durham.

Consultation hour

Thursday 3-4 pm (Room 102, Divinity House)

Office address

Room 102, Divinity House

Research Interests

  • Music and emotions
  • Music and movement
  • Music perception, particularly melody, rhythm and timbre

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Eerola, T. (2016). Music and Emotion. In Music psychology. Springer handbook of systematic musicology. Koelsch, S. Springer.
  • Eerola, T. (2014). Complexity. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thompson, William Forde Sage. 227-229.
  • Eerola, T. (2014). Database studies. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thompson, William Forde Sage. 316-319.
  • Eerola, T. (2014). Melody processing. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thompson, William Forde Sage. 684-687.
  • Eerola, T. (2014). Similarity, Melodic. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Thompson, William Forde Sage. 1003-1006.
  • Eerola, T. & Punkanen, M. (2012). King of Sorrow - Perception and experience of sadness in music. In New York, US: Nova. Psychology of Sadness: 31-52.
  • Erkkilä, J. & Eerola, T. (2010). Gambling Addiction: Evaluation of a Multimethod Treatment Programme Including Music Therapy. In Music Therapy and Addictions. Aldridge, D. & Fachner, J. London, UK: Jessica Kingsley. 132-151.
  • Zentner, Marcel R. & Eerola, T. (2010). Handbook of Music and Emotion. In Juslin, P. N. & Sloboda, J. A. Boston, MA: Oxford University Press. 187-221.
  • Eerola, T. (2010). Musical listening habits of College students in Finland, Slovenia, South Africa, and Texas: Similarities and Differences. In Schuler, N. & others Hamburg, Germany: Peter Lang. 59-70.

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