Dr Victoria Williamson

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Dr Victoria Williamson is an independent scholar and consultant with a passion for understanding the psychology of music. She seeks to explain how music is processed by the brain and the ways in which music impacts on our minds, behaviours and wellbeing.

Dr Victoria Williamson

About Victoria

Dr Victoria Williamson is trained in multiple academic disciplines having completed her Bachelors with Honours in Psychology at the University of York, Masters in the Psychology of Music at Sheffield and her PhD in the Psychology of Musical Memory (2008). She has worked as a Professor of Performance Science at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland, a Lecturer at The University of Sheffield, and as a Visiting Scholar at The University of Rochester in New York, USA.

She has published over 30 peer-reviewed research papers on diverse aspects of music impact including memory, amusia, sleep, ear-worms and wellbeing. Her research work has been covered in international media including the BBC, TED, the Conversation and the Wall Street Journal, and she has given presentations to worldwide universities, festivals, TV, and schools. She is the author of 'You Are The Music' (Icon Books) and the webmaster of the popular educational blog at http://musicpsychology.co.uk

Victoria lives in Barcelona with her husband and 2 children. Her lifelong passion is music and she is trained in classical Spanish guitar. She also loves cooking and even worked as a sous chef to pay her way through university, dancing (especially salsa. merengue and bachata) and immersing herself in biographies and travelogues.

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