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Keynote Speakers



We are pleased to be welcoming the following keynote speakers to SysMus14.


Professor John Sloboda


Professor John Sloboda is Research Professor at the Guildhall School, where he directs its Understanding Audiences research programme. He is also Emeritus Professor at Keele and was a staff member of the School of Psychology at Keele from 1974-2008, where he was Director of its Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development, founded in 1991.


John is internationally known for his work on the psychology of music. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has been President of both the Psychology and General Sections of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as President of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, where he has served on the editorial board of its journal Musicae Scientiae. He is a committee member of the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research, and was Editor-in-Chief of its journal Psychology of Music from 1985-1989. He was the recipient of the 1998 British Psychological Society's Presidents Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge, and in 2004 was elected to Fellowship of the British Academy.


John is Honorary Consultant to the AHRC Centre for Music Performance as Creative Practice, a network participant in Theatrum Mundi and a contributing researcher to the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub Creativeworks London. He is also a member of the Senior Management Group of the think-tank Oxford Research Group and co-founder of the Iraq Body Count Project. His most recent book (co-edited with Patrik Juslin) is Handbook of Music and Emotion published by Oxford University Press in 2009.



Professor Barbara Tillmann


After a PhD in cognitive psychology and postdoctoral research in cognitive neuroscience, Barbara Tillmann integrated the CNRS and is now directing the team "Auditory Cognition and Psychoacoustics" at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center ( . Her research is in the domain of auditory cognition and uses behavioural and neurophysiological methods. More specifically, she is investigating how the brain acquires knowledge about complex sound structures, such as music and language, and how this knowledge shapes perception. She is further interested in investigating new perspectives for stimulating cognitive processes with music as well as in investigating the phenomenon of amusia, a deficit in music perception and production.


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