Selected Recent Music in Human and Social Development Research Group (previously known as the Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD)) Publications


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.

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.