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Dr Eduardo Coutinho

Senior Lecturer in Music Psychology Music


Personal Statement

Dr Eduardo Coutinho is a Lecturer in Music Psychology at the Department of Music from the University of Liverpool. Before his appointment at Liverpool, he worked at the University of Augsburg, Imperial College London, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences and Univeristy of Sheffield.

Coutinho works in the interdisciplinary fields of Music Psychology and Affective Computing, where his expertise is in the study of emotional expression, perception and induction through music. He has contributed significantly to a broader understanding of the emotional impact of music on listeners, namely on the link between music structure and emotion, the types of emotions induced by music, and individual and contextual factors that mediate the relationships between music and listeners. His research work often combines Music Psychology and Computer Sciences.

He is the founder and Director of the APPLIED MUSIC Research Lab, an interdisciplinary research group based at the Department of Music from the University of Liverpool that aims to harness the benefits of music for improving people's lives. One of the key aim of the AM Lab is the development of of methods and tools that permit using music in systematic ways for improving different aspects of well-being (with a particular emphasis on healthcare).

Prizes or Honours

  • Young Investigator Award (International Neural Network Society, 2014)
  • Winner of MediaEval 2014 "Emotion in Music" Benchmark (MediaEval Community Council, 2014)
  • Knowledge Transfer Award (Swiss National Center of Competence in Research in Affective Sciences, 2013)
  • New York Prize Fellowship (Honourable Mention) (Van Alen Institute (New York, NY, USA), 2008)

Funded Fellowships

  • Music, muscle relaxation and spasticity (University of Liverpool, 2019)
  • AudioTrek (University of Liverpool, 2017 - 2018)
  • Polyhymnia - Personalised Music Playlists for the Treatment of Depression (Wellcome Trust, 2019 - 2020)
  • Music Selections for the Treatment of Depression (University of Liverpool, 2018)
  • Music Selections for Road Safety (University of Liverpool, 2016 - 2017)
  • Source Monitoring Auditory Rehabilitation Training (SMART) for auditory hallucinations (University of Liverpool, 2015)
  • Cross-cultural empirical and computational studies of emotional expression in speech prosody and music (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2011 - present)
  • Empirical studies of emotional expression in speech prosody and music (2009 - 2010)
  • Psychophysiological studies of musical emotions (2004 - 2008)