Dr Kelly Jakubowski
Assistant Professor in Music Psychology
|Assistant Professor in Music Psychology in the Department of Music|
Kelly Jakubowski is an Assistant Professor in Music Psychology. Her research examines a range of topics within music psychology and empirical musicology, including memory for music, music-evoked autobiographical memory, musical imagery and imagination, earworms, absolute pitch, musical timing and movement, and cross-cultural music perception. Together with Professor Tuomas Eerola, she co-leads Durham’s Music and Science Lab, an interdisciplinary research group united by interests in empirical, computational, and biological approaches to understanding music listening and music making.
Kelly studied Music Performance (violin) and Music Theory for her undergraduate (Baldwin Wallace University, USA) and Masters degrees (Ohio State University, USA). She then pursued an MSc and PhD in music psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD research (funded by the Leverhulme Trust) focused on developing new behavioural and computational methods for studying musical imagery and involuntary memory for music (including the phenomenon of having an “earworm”, or tune stuck in one’s head). In 2015, she was awarded the Hickman Early Career Researcher Award for her PhD research, which included a plenary session at the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) conference in Manchester, UK. Subsequently, she held posts as a Teaching Fellow in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, Visiting Lecturer in Music at King’s College London, and Postdoctoral Research Associate in Music at Durham (AHRC-funded “Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance” project).
In 2018, Kelly was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for a 3-year project entitled “Prevalence, features, and retrieval of music-evoked autobiographical memories”. This project used multiple methodologies (online surveys, diary studies, experiments) for collecting a large and diverse dataset of lifetime memories triggered by listening to music, thus enabling a more systematic understanding of the conditions under which these memories occur and expanding theoretical accounts of the interactions between music, memory, and emotions.
Kelly currently serves on the Editorial Board for the journals Musicae Scientiae, Music & Science, and Empirical Musicology Review. She has previously served as Advisor to the Executive Committee of the SysMus conference series.
Kelly is committed to public research dissemination and engagement with non-academic audiences. Her work has been featured in a wide range of news outlets including The New York Times, the Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, The One Show, a BBC 4 documentary, and a range of national and international radio programmes. She regularly writes for outlets including Psychology Today and The Conversation.
- Music and memory
- Musical imagery
- Musical timing, rhythm, and movement
- Absolute pitch
- Cross-cultural music research
Chapter in book
- Jakubowski, Kelly (2022). Mental Imagery in Music-Evoked Autobiographical Memories. In Music and Mental Imagery. Küssner, Mats B., Welch, Graham, Taruffi, Liila, Cross, Ian, Floridou, Georgia A. & Ockelford, Adam London: Routledge. 137-146.
- Jakubowski, K. (2020). Musical Imagery. In The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination. Abraham, A. Cambridge University Press. 187-206.
- Frieler, K., Jakubowski, K. & Mullensiefen, D. (2015). Is it the song and not the singer? Hit song prediction using structural features of melodies. In Yearbook of Music Psychology (Jahrbuch Musikpsychologie). Auhagen, W., Bullerjahn, C. & von Georgi, R. Hogrefe. 25.
- Williamson, V.J. & Jakubowski, K. (2014). Earworms. In Music in the Social and Behavioural Sciences. Thompson, W.F. Los Angeles: Sage.
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Belfi, Amy M., Kvavilashvili, Lia, Ely, Abbigail, Gill, Mark & Herbert, Gemma (2023). Comparing music‐ and food‐evoked autobiographical memories in young and older adults: A diary study. British Journal of Psychology
- Pearson, Emily, Graff, Jenna, Bai, Elena, Jakubowski, Kelly & Belfi, Amy M. (2023). Differences in autobiographical memories reported using text and voice during everyday life. Memory
- Jakubowski, Kelly & Francini, Emma (2022). Differential effects of familiarity and emotional expression of musical cues on autobiographical memory properties. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Polak, Rainer, Rocamora, Martín, Jure, Luis & Jacoby, Nori (2022). Aesthetics of musical timing: Culture and expertise affect preferences for isochrony but not synchrony. Cognition 227: 105205.
- Jakubowski, K. & Eerola, T. (2022). Music evokes fewer but more positive autobiographical memories than emotionally matched sound and word cues. Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 11(2): 272-288.
- Clayton, Martin, Tarsitani, Simone, Jankowsky, Richard, Jure, Luis, Leante, Laura, Polak, Rainer, Poole, Adrian, Rocamora, Martín, Alborno, Paolo, Camurri, Antonio, Eerola, Tuomas, Jacoby, Nori & Jakubowski, Kelly (2021). The Interpersonal Entrainment in Music Performance Data Collection. Empirical Musicology Review 16(1): 65-84.
- Jakubowski, K., Belfi, A. M. & Eerola, T. (2021). Phenomenological Differences in Music- and Television-Evoked Autobiographical Memories. Music Perception 38(5): 435-455.
- Jakubowski, Kelly & Ghosh, Anita (2021). Music-evoked autobiographical memories in everyday life. Psychology of Music 49(3): 649-666.
- Jakubowski, K., Eerola, T., Blackwood Ximenes, A., Ma, W.K., Clayton, M. & Keller, P.E. (2020). Multimodal perception of interpersonal synchrony: Evidence from global and continuous ratings of improvised musical duo performances. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain 30(4): 159-177.
- Clayton, M., Jakubowski, K., Eerola, T., Keller, P. E., Camurri, A., Volpe, G. & Alborno, P. (2020). Interpersonal entrainment in music performance: Theory, method and model. Music Perception 38(2): 136–194.
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Eerola, Tuomas, Tillmann, Barbara, Perrin, Fabien & Heine, Lizette (2020). A Cross-Sectional Study of Reminiscence Bumps for Music-Related Memories in Adulthood. Music & Science 3.
- Liikkanen, L.A. & Jakubowski, K. (2020). Involuntary musical imagery as a component of ordinary music cognition: A review of empirical evidence. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 27(6): 1195-1217.
- Clayton, M., Jakubowski, K. & Eerola, T. (2019). Interpersonal entrainment in Indian instrumental music performance: Synchronization and movement coordination relate to tempo, dynamics, metrical and cadential structure. Musicae Scientiae 23(3): 304-331.
- Akkermans, Jessica, Schapiro, Renee, Müllensiefen, Daniel, Jakubowski, Kelly, Shanahan, Daniel, Baker, David, Busch, Veronika, Lothwesen, Kai, Elvers, Paul, Fischinger, Timo, Schlemmer, Kathrin & Frieler, Klaus (2019). Decoding emotions in expressive music performances: A multi-lab replication and extension study. Cognition and Emotion 33(6): 1099-1118.
- Heaton, Pamela, Tsang, Wai Fung, Jakubowski, Kelly, Mullensiefen, Daniel & Allen, Rory (2018). Discriminating autism and language impairment and specific language impairment through acuity of musical imagery. Research in Developmental Disabilities 80: 52-63.
- Eerola, T., Jakubowski, K., Moran, N., Keller, P. & Clayton, M. (2018). Shared Periodic Performer Movements Coordinate Interactions in Duo Improvisations. Royal Society Open Science 5(2): 171520.
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Bashir, Zaariyah, Farrugia, Nicolas & Stewart, Lauren (2018). Involuntary and voluntary recall of musical memories: A comparison of temporal accuracy and emotional responses. Memory & Cognition 46(5): 741-756.
- Jakubowski, Kelly (2018). Commentary on Gruhn et al.'s "How Stable is Pitch Labeling Accuracy in Absolute Pitch Possessors?". Empirical musicology review 13(3-4): 128.
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Eerola, Tuomas, Alborno, Paolo, Volpe, Gualtiero, Camurri, Antonio & Clayton, Martin (2017). Extracting Coarse Body Movements from Video in Music Performance: A Comparison of Automated Computer Vision Techniques with Motion Capture Data. Frontiers in Digital Humanities, section Digital Musicology 4: 9.
- Jakubowski, K., Finkel, S., Stewart, L. & Müllensiefen, D. (2016). Dissecting an earworm: Melodic features and song popularity predict involuntary musical imagery. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 11(2): 122-135.
- Jakubowski, K., Mullensiefen, D. & Stewart, L. (2016). A development study of latent absolute pitch memory. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 434-443.
- Jakubowski, K., Farrugia, N. & Stewart, L. (2016). Probing imagined tempo for music: Effects of motor engagement and musical experience. Psychology of Music 44(6): 1274-1288.
- Liikkanen, L.A., Jakubowski, K. & Toivanen, J (2015). Catching earworms on Twitter: Using big data to study involuntary imagery. Music Perception 33(2): 199-216.
- Jakubowski, Kelly, Farrugia, N., Halpern, A.R., Sankarpandi, S.K. & Stewart, L. (2015). The speed of our mental soundtracks: Tracking the tempo of involuntary musical imagery in everyday life. Memory & Cognition 43(8): 1229-1242.
- Farrugia, N., Jakubowski, Kelly, Cusack, R. & Stewart, L. (2015). Tunes stuck in your brain: The frequency and affective evaluation of involuntary musical imagery correlate with cortical structure. Consciousness & Cognition 35: 66-77.
- Jakubowski, K., Halpern, A.R., Grierson, M. & Stewart, L. (2015). The effect on exercise-induced arousal on preferred tempo for familiar melodies. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 22(2): 559-565.
- Williamson, V.J., Liikkanen, L.A., Jakubowski, Kelly & Stewart, L. (2014). Sticky tunes: How do people react to involuntary musical imagery? PLOS ONE 9(1): e86170.
- Frieler, K., Fischinger, T., Schlemmer, K., Lothwesen, K., Jakubowski, K. & Mullensiefen, D. (2013). Absolute memory for pitch: A comparative replication of Levitin's 1994 study in six European labs. Musicae Scientiae 17(3): 334-349.
- Frieler, K, Mullensiefen, D, Fischinger, T, Schlemmer, K, Jakubowski, K. & Lothwesen, K (2013). Replication in music psychology. Musicae Scientiae 17(3): 265-276.
- Jakubowski, K. & Mullensiefen, D. (2013). The influence of music-elicited emotions and relative pitch on absolute pitch memory for familiar melodies. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 66(7): 1259-1267.