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Mr Scott Bannister

Member of the Department of Music

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Scott Bannister is currently in his first year of PhD study in the Department of Music. His thesis utilises the BRECVEMA framework of music and emotion and the emotional experience of chills during listening (shivers, goose bumps), to offer a preliminary assessment of how effective the BRECVEMA framework is in explaining emotional responses to music. The thesis also aims to discuss a possible hierarchy of effect between the eight underlying mechanisms, such that particular mechanisms may be more able to elicit different emotions of different intensities. A final point to consider is the newly added ‘aesthetic judgment’ mechanism, and how this seemingly multi-faceted mechanism works together with other proposed mechanisms to elicit an emotional response during music listening experiences.

The thesis has real world implications for music therapy, such that if particular emotions can be elicited fairly consistently, then specific therapeutic goals may be achieved in music listening episodes.

Scott graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Music technology in 2014, writing his dissertation on goose bumps during listening and their correlation with structural features of the music. He then graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 with distinction in a MA Applied Psychology of Music; his master’s dissertation analysed acoustic parameters in music (timbre, dynamics, and tempo) and how they affected listener perception of emotion in short melodies.

He is currently a recipient of the AHRC funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Award, and is also a student representative for Durham University in the Northern Bridge scheme.

Research Interests

  • History of electronic music
  • Music and emotion
  • Music and film
  • Music in a socio-cultural context

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