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Gerard Breaden-Madden, Postgraduate Research Student

PhD student Gerard Breaden-MaddenContact Details

Email: gbreadenmadden01@qub.ac.uk

Office Room Number: 04.405

Project Details

First Supervisor:  Dr Donncha Hanna, Professor Roddy Cowie

Second Supervisor: Dr Ian Sneddon

PhD Title:

The Psychology of Music Preference: How people differ in their use and enjoyment of music

Summary of Project: Advancements in technology allow us to experience music in a wide variety of ways. Many of these ways afford us the ability to choose the music we want to listen to in a given situation. As music is understood to be a powerful emotional and subjectively-valued affective phenomenon, our music choices can play an important role in shaping the quality of our affective environments. In that sense, having an accurate understanding of the factors that determine musical preference is a matter of both theoretical and practical interest. We can attempt to address questions about the features of music that are psychologically significant, as well as how music comes to have such profound subjective value. In a practical sense, understanding musical preferences can have a meaningful contribution to the design of affective music player technologies. This project aims to bring together a wide range of variables that are relevant to musical preferences so that their relationships can be explained, in the hopes of understanding how individuals differ in how they use and enjoy music.

School of Psychology Research Interest Group: Perception Action Communication

Research Interests

I am a member of the HUMAINE (2004-2007) EC Framework Network of Excellent on emotion-oriented computing in QUB. I am also associated with some of its related research groups including:

  • SEMAINE (2008-2010) EC Framework 7 STREP on emotion-oriented computing
  • Siempre (2010-2013) EC Framework 7 STREP on music and emotion
  • Ilhaire (2011-2014) EC Framework 7 STREP on laughter

My primary research interest is the psychology of music, and the factors that determine how individuals use and enjoy music. I am also interested in how individuals emotionally respond to music, how subjective responses to music can be explained by the characteristics of the listener (musicianship, personality variables, etc.), and the design of affective music player technology.

As a member of the HUMAINE group I am also involved with research on emotion-oriented computing (the design of technologies that can recognise and respond appropriately to a user's affective state). I have been involved with research concerning the categorisation of laughter, and understanding non-verbal behaviours that occur during breakdown in communication.

Additionally, I am interested in forensic and investigative psychology. Specifically, I have lectured on the psychology of serial killers, and criminal investigative methods.

Conferences

Oral Presentations:

The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? The 2nd Annual Postgraduate Student Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast. September, 2011.

The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? The 34th Annual Congress of Psychology Students of Ireland, Queen’s University, Belfast, March, 2012.

The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? The Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychological Society, May, 2012.

The Psychology of Music Preference: Emotion, Context and Listener Characteristics. This talk was part of a series of weekly seminars held in the Psychology department of Queen’s University, Belfast, and was delivered on the 28th September, 2012.

What Lies Behind Musical Preferences; Putting the Pieces Together. Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychological Society, April, 2013.

What Lies Behind Musical Preferences; Putting the Pieces Together. The 3rd International Conference on Music and Emotion, Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, Finland, June 11-15, 2013.

What Lies Behind Musical Preferences; Putting the Pieces Together. This talk was given at an informal participant recruitment session in the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology, Virginia Tech, USA.

Publications

Breaden-Madden, G., & Cowie, R. (2011) Emotionally Coloured Discourse: Nonverbal Communication as Indicators of Communication Breakdown. Proceedings of the Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychological Society

Breaden-Madden, G., Cowie, R. (2011). Emotionally Coloured Discourse: Nonverbal Communication as Indicators of Communication Breakdown. Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Postgraduate Student Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast. September.

Breaden-Madden, G. (2012). The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? Proceedings of the Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychology Society. May, pp21

Madden, G. (2011). The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Postgraduate Student Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast. September. pp4

Madden, G. (2012). The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? Proceedings of the 34th Annual Congress of Psychology Students of Ireland, Queen’s University, Belfast.

Madden, G. (2012). The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? The Irish Psychologist. April, 38(6), pp16.

Madden, G. (2013) What Lies Behind Musical Preferences: Putting the Pieces Together. Proceedings of the Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychology Society, April.

Madden, G. (2013) What Lies Behind Musical Preferences: Putting the Pieces Together. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Music and Emotion, Department of Music, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Additional Information

HUMAINE centre: http://emotion-research.net/

SEMAINE; The Sensitive Agent Project: http://www.semaine-project.eu/

Ilhaire: Incorporating Laughter into Human Avatar Interactions: http://www.ilhaire.eu/

Siempre: Cross-disciplinary project aimed towards Social Interaction and Entrainment using Music Performance Experimentation: http://www.infomus.org/siempre/

Abstract: Breaden-Madden, G., & Cowie, R. (2011) Emotionally Coloured Discourse: Nonverbal Communication as Indicators of Communication Breakdown. Proceedings of the Northern Irish Branch of the British PsychologicalSociety: http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=6719&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details

Abstract: Breaden-Madden, G. (2012). The Psychology of Music Preference: Which Music does What for Whom? Proceedings of the Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychology Society. May, pp21: http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&ResultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=8164&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details

The 3rd International Conference on Music and Emotion: https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/41575