Selected Recent Publications


In press

Bhachu, D., Cooper, A. & Moran, N. (in press). Interaction in Indian music: Connections and critical reflection. In: Garrett, M. & Stover, C. (eds.). Musical Interaction. University of Chicago Press

Gilchrist, D, Whitney, K & Overy, K. (in press). How does vocal portamento differ from glissando? A case study. In: Delafield-Butt & Reddy, V. (Eds). Intersubjective Minds: Rhythm, Sympathy, and Human Being. Oxford University Press.


Schiavio, A., Ryan, K., Moran, N., van der Schyff, D. & Gallagher, S. (2023). By myself but not alone: Agency, creativity, and extended musical historicity. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 147(2), 533-556. 


MacDonald, R. (2022). Improvisation. In: The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance, Volume 1. McPherson, G. E. (ed.). 1 ed. NYC: Oxford University Press, Vol. 1. p. 213-233

MacDonald, R. & Saarikallio, S. (2022). Musical identities in action: Embodied, situated, and dynamic. In: Musicae Scientiae, 26(4), 729–745.

Oakland, J. & MacDonald, R. (2022). Identity and the performing musician. In: The Oxford Handbook of Music Performance, Volume 1. MacPherson, G. E. (ed.). 1 ed. NYC: Oxford University Press, Vol. 1. p. 651-669.

Okely, J., Overy, K. & Deary, I. (2022). Experience playing a musical instrument and lifetime cognitive change: the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936. Psychological Science. 33(9), 1495–1508.

Schiavio, A., Moran, N., van der Schyff, D., Biasutti, M. & Parncutt, R. (2022).  Processes and experiences of creative cognition in seven Western classical composers. Musicae Scientiae. 26, 2, p. 303-325.


Haire, N. & MacDonald, M. (2021). Thinking through improvisation: How arts-based reflexivity can offer new knowing about music therapists’ experiences of humour in music therapy, In: Voices A World Forum For Music Therapy. 21 (2).

Haire, N. & MacDonald, R. (2021) Understanding how humour enables contact in music therapy relationships with persons living with dementia: A phenomenological arts-based reflexive study. In: Arts in Psychotherapy. 74,  101784.

Harvey, A., Hou, L., Davidson-Kelly, K., Schaefer, R., Hong, S., Overy, K. & Roberts, N. (2021) Inter-hemispheric morphological asymmetries in the central sulci of professional pianists. Psychoradiology, 1(2), 2021, 66–72.

Hodi, R. & Overy, K. (2021). Supporting Literacy Skills through Music: the Musical Activities Programme (MAP). In: The Dyslexia Handbook, British Dyslexia Association.

Lund, H. N., Hannibal, N., Mainz, J., MacDonald, R. & Nygaard Pedersen, I. (2021, E-pub ahead of print). Music, sleep, and depression: An interview study. Psychology of Music.

MacDonald, R. (2021). The social functions of music: Communication, Wellbeing, Art, Ritual, Identity and Social networks (C- WARIS). In: Creech, A., Hodges, D. A. & Hallam, S. (eds.). Routledge International Handbook of Music Psychology in Education and the Community. 1 ed. London: Routledge, p. 5-21.

MacDonald, R. & Birrell, R. (2021). Flattening the curve: Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra’s use of virtual improvising to maintain community during COVID-19 pandemic. Critical Studies in Improvisation. 14, 2-3.

MacDonald, R., Wilson, G. & Baker, F. (2021). Musical creativity and well-being. In: Donin, N. (ed.). The Oxford Handbook of the Creative Process in Music. Oxford University Press.

MacGlone, U. M., Wilson, G. B. & MacDonald, R. (2021) (E-pub ahead of print). Developing categories for children’s creative and responsive musical actions in group improvisation: A mixed methods action research study. Early Child Development and Care.

MacGlone, U., Wilson, G. & MacDonald, R. (2021, E-pub ahead of print). “I don’t know how musically creative they should be at that age”: A qualitative study of parents’ and teachers’ beliefs about young children’s creative and musical capacities. In: Psychology of Music.

Okely, J., Deary, I. & Overy, K. (2021). The Edinburgh Lifetime Musical Experience Questionnaire (ELMEQ): Non-musical correlates in the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936. PLoS ONE 16(7): e0254176. (IF: 3.240)

Overy K. (Ed)(2020-21). Music, Selves and Societies. Music and Science.


MacGlone, U., Wilson, G., Vamvakaris, J. & MacDonald, R., 14 Dec 2020.  Understanding the effects of a community music programme for people with disabilities: a mixed methods, person-centred study. Frontiers in Psychology. 11. 588734.


Haire, N. & Macdonald, R. (2019, E-pub ahead of print). Humour in music therapy: A narrative literature review. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. p. 1-18

Eerola, T., Jakubowski, K., Moran, N., Keller, P. E. & Clayton, M. (2019). Shared periodic performer movements coordinate interactions in duo improvisations. Royal Society Open Science. 5, 2, 171520.

Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Biasutti, M., Moran, N. & Parncutt, R. (2019). Instrumental Technique, Expressivity, and Communication: A qualitative study on learning music in individual and collective settings. Frontiers in Psychology. 10, 737.

Wilson, G. & MacDonald, R. (2019). The social impact of musical engagement for young adults with learning difficulties: a qualitative study. Frontiers in Psychology. 10:1300.


Hadley, L., Sturt, P., Moran, N. & Pickering, M. (2018). Determining the end of a musical turn: Effects of tonal cues. Acta Psychologica, 182, 189-193.

Halpern, A. & Overy, K. (2018). Voluntary Auditory Imagery and Music Pedagogy. The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Imagination. Grimshaw, M., Walther-Hansen, M. & Knakkergaard, M. (eds.). Oxford University Press.

Overy, K. (2018). Dynamic Emotional Narratives and Vocal Expression: Comment on “An Integrative Review of the Enjoyment of Sadness Associated with Music” by Eerola et al. Physics of Life Reviews. Volume 25, p. 142-143. (IF: 9.478)

Overy, K. (2018). A zenei agy: Tanulás és memória. Magyar Tudomány. Volume 179 (6), 826–830.


Almeida, A., Overy, K., & Miell, D. (2017). Playing with the Beat: A Process-Oriented Approach to Studying Sensorimotor Synchronization in Early Childhood. The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction, 40.

Huang, Y., Coleman, S., Barnhill, E., MacDonald, R. & Moran, N. (2017). How do conductors’ movements communicate compositional features and interpretational intentions? Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain. 27, 3, p. 148-157.

MacDonald, R., Hargreaves, D. J., & Miell, D. (Eds.). (2017). Handbook of musical identities. Oxford University Press.

Moran, N., (2017). Agency in Embodied Musical Interaction. The Routledge Companion to Embodied Music Interaction, 40.

Moran, N., (2017). Performing Music: Oral and Improvising Traditions. The Routledge Companion to Music Cognition

Moore, E., Schaefer, R. S., Bastin, M. E., Roberts, N., & Overy, K. (2017). Diffusion tensor MRI tractography reveals increased fractional anisotropy (FA) in arcuate fasciculus following music-cued motor training. Brain and Cognition, 116, 40-46.

Wilson, G.B., & MacDonald, R. (2017). The Ear of the Beholder. Handbook of Musical Identities, 105.

Wilson, G. B., & MacDonald, R.A. (2017). The construction of meaning within free improvising groups: A qualitative psychological investigation. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 11(2), 136.

Zuk, J., Bishop-Liebler, P., Ozernov-Palchik, O., Moore, E., Overy, K., Welch, G., & Gaab, N. (2017). Revisiting the “enigma” of musicians with dyslexia: Auditory sequencing and speech abilities. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 146(4), 495.


Anderson, K. (2016) Ex Nemo ad Aliquis: “From Nobody to Somebody” Theatre Nemo’s role in Scottish Prisons. [online]. Available at:

Baker, F. A., Silverman, M. J., & MacDonald, R. (2016). Reliability and validity of the meaningfulness of songwriting scale (MSS) with adults on acute psychiatric and detoxification units. Journal of music therapy, 53(1), 55-74

Drury, R. & Fletcher-Watson, B. (2016). “The baby audience: the impact and implications of child development research on performing arts practice for the very young”, Journal of Early Childhood Research, 14(1), 1-13.

Fletcher-Watson, B. (2016). “Live-streaming to your living room: towards a new model of social inclusion and relaxed performance”, Coup de Théâtre (30)1, (in press).

Mitchell, H. F., & MacDonald, R. A. (2016). What you see is what you hear: The importance of visual priming in music performer identification. Psychology of Music, 0305735616628658.

Silverman, M. J., Baker, F. A., & MacDonald, R. A. (2016). Flow and meaningfulness as predictors of therapeutic outcome within songwriting interventions. Psychology of Music, 0305735615627505.

Tamplin, J., Baker, F. A., Macdonald, R. A., Roddy, C., & Rickard, N. S. (2016). A theoretical framework and therapeutic songwriting protocol to promote integration of self-concept in people with acquired neurological injuries. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy25(2), 111-133.

Tzschätzsch, Heiko, Jing Guo, Florian Dittmann, Sebastian Hirsch, Eric Barnhill, Korinna Jöhrens, Jürgen Braun, and Ingolf Sack  (2016). “Tomoelastography by multifrequency wave number recovery from time-harmonic propagating shear waves.” Medical Image Analysis


Anderson, K. (2015) Documenting arts practitioners’ practice in prisons: “What do you do in there?” The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54 (4) pp. 371-383. The Howard League and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Barnhill, E., Kennedy, P., Johnson, C. L., Mada, M., & Roberts, N. (2015). Real‐time 4D phase unwrapping applied to magnetic resonance elastography. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine73(6), 2321-2331.

Davidson-Kelly, K., Schaefer, R. S., Moran, N., & Overy, K. (2015). “Total inner memory”: Deliberate uses of multimodal musical imagery during performance preparation. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain25(1), 83.

Knox, D., & MacDonald, R. (2015). The Role of Technology in Music Listening For Health and Wellbeing. Journal of Biomusical Engineering, 3(106)

Moran, N., Hadley, L. V., Bader, M., & Keller, P. E. (2015). Perception of ‘Back-Channeling’ Nonverbal Feedback in Musical Duo Improvisation. PloS one10(6).

Schaefer, R. S., & Overy, K. (2015). Motor responses to a steady beat. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences1337(1), 40-44.

Wilson, G. B., & MacDonald, R. A. (2015). Musical choices during group free improvisation: A qualitative psychological investigation. Psychology of Music, 0305735615606527.


Anderson, K. (2014) Music in Scottish prisons: a new direction? Scottish Justice Matters, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Anderson, K. & Sparks, R. (2014) Inspiring Change: evaluating arts and justice initiatives, Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

Barnhill, E. (2014). Entrainment is sparse. Frontiers in human neuroscience8.

Ludke, K. M., Ferreira, F., & Overy, K. (2014). Singing can facilitate foreign language learning. Memory & cognition42(1), 41-52.

Moran, N. (2014). Social implications arise in embodied music cognition research which can counter musicological “individualism”. Frontiers in psychology5, 676.

Morgan, J. P., MacDonald, R. A., & Pitts, S. E. (2014). “Caught between a scream and a hug”: Women’s perspectives on music listening and interaction with teenagers in the family unit. Psychology of Music, 43(5), 611-626.

Moore, E., Schaefer, R. S., Bastin, M. E., Roberts, N., & Overy, K. (2014). Can musical training influence brain connectivity? Evidence from diffusion tensor MRI. Brain sciences4(2), 405-427.

Schaefer, R. S., Morcom, A. M., Roberts, N., & Overy, K. (2014). Moving to music: effects of heard and imagined musical cues on movement-related brain activity. Frontiers in human neuroscience8.0305735613517411.

Smith, R., Rathcke, T., Cummins, F., Overy, K., & Scott, S. (2014). Communicative rhythms in brain and behaviour. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences369(1658), 20130389.


Barnhill, E. (2013). Neural connectivity, music, and movement: a response to Pat Amos. Frontiers in integrative neuroscience7.

Barnhill, E., Kennedy, P., Hammer, S., van Beek, E. J., Brown, C., & Roberts, N. (2013). Statistical mapping of the effect of knee extension on thigh muscle viscoelastic properties using magnetic resonance elastography. Physiological measurement34(12), 1675.

Moir, Z., & Overy, K. (2013). 14 The impact of cochlear implants on musical experience. Medicine, Health and the Arts: Approaches to the Medical Humanities, 246.

Moran, N. (2013). Music, bodies and relationships: An ethnographic contribution to embodied cognition studies. Psychology of Music41(1), 5-17.

Schaefer, R. S., Overy, K., & Nelson, P. (2013). Affect and non-uniform characteristics of predictive processing in musical behaviour. Behavioral and Brain Sciences36(03), 226-227.


Ellis, R. J., Norton, A. C., Overy, K., Winner, E., Alsop, D. C., & Schlaug, G. (2012). Differentiating maturational and training influences on fMRI activation during music processing. Neuroimage60(3), 1902-1912.

Overy, K. (2012). Making music in a group: synchronization and shared experience. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences1252(1), 65-68.

Tett, L., Anderson, K., McNeill, F., Overy, K., & Sparks, R. (2012). Learning, rehabilitation and the arts in prisons: a Scottish case study. Studies in the Education of Adults44(2), 171-185.