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Dr Kelly Jakubowski

AHRC IEMP Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Music

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Dr Kelly Jakubowski is a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant on an AHRC-funded research grant on “Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance”. This project aims to quantify, describe, and compare interpersonal interactions within musical performances across a wide variety of cultures and musical styles.

Kelly studied Music Performance (violin) and Music Theory for her undergraduate (Baldwin Wallace University, USA) and Masters degrees (Ohio State University, USA). She then pursued an MSc and PhD in music psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD research (completed in 2015) was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and focused on developing new behavioural and computational methods for studying musical imagery and involuntary memory for music (including the phenomenon of having an “earworm”, or tune stuck in one’s head). She has also conducted and published research on absolute pitch, memory for musical pitch and tempo, and emotional responses to music. In 2015, she was awarded the Hickman Early Career Research Award for her PhD research on temporal aspects of involuntary musical imagery, which included a plenary session talk at the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music conference in Manchester, UK.

Before joining Durham University, Kelly has worked as a Teaching Fellow in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and a Visiting Lecturer in Music at King’s College London.

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Frieler, K, Jakubowski, K. & Mullensiefen, D (2015). Is it the song and not the singer? Hit song prediction using structural features of melodies. In Yearbook of Music Psychology (Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie). Auhagen, W, Bullerjahn, C & von Georgi, R Hogrefe.
  • Williamson, V.J. & Jakubowski, K. (2014). Earworms. In Music in the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Thompson, W.F. Sage.

Journal Article

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