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Gerard Breaden-Madden, Postgraduate Research Student

PhD student Gerard Breaden-MaddenContact Details

Email: gbreadenmadden01@qub.ac.uk

Office Room Number: 4th Floor PhD Lab

Year: 3rd

Project Details

First Supervisor: Prof. Roddy Cowie

Second Supervisor: Dr. Ian Sneddon

PhD Title:

The Psychology of Music Preference: Modelling preference using emotion, context and listener characteristics

Summary of Project: Advancements in technology allow us to experience music in a massive variety of ways. Many of these ways (but not all) afford us the ability to choose the music we want to listen to at a given time. As music is universally accepted as being highly emotional, subjectively-valued, and both a personal and social affective medium, our music choices can play an important role in shaping the quality of our affective environments. In that context, understanding musical preferences is a matter of considerable theoretical and practical interest. Investigating and understanding the phenomenon of music preferences can address questions about musical features that are psychologically significant, as well as how music comes to have such striking subjective value. Practically, the knowledge of what musical preferences are has significant application in the design of affective music player technologies. Previous research in this area provides a strong background, and the current project examines how the research could be extended in light of its emerging applicative potential.

Research Cluster: Perception Action Communication

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

Research Interests:

My primary research interest is the psychology of music, with particular emphasis on musical preference and the nature of musicianship, the emotions of music, the relationship between music listening and the characteristics of the listener, and the design of affective music player technology.

As a member of the HUMAINE group I am also involved with research in the field of emotion-oriented computing (the design of technologies that can recognise and respond appropriately to a user's affective state). My particular interests in this field concern the categorisation of laughter, and understanding non-verbal behaviours that occur in the context of communication breakdown.

Additionally, I am interested in forensic and investigative psychology. Specifically, I lecture the psychology of serial killers and the myths surrounding 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

Poster Presentations

Emotionally Coloured Discourse: Nonverbal Communication as Indicators of Communication Breakdown. The Northern Irish Branch of the British Psychological Society, April, 2011.

Emotionally Coloured Discourse: Nonverbal Communication as Indicators of Communication Breakdown. The 3rd Annual Postgraduate Student Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast. September, 2012.

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.

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