School of Psychology

Experience Excellence Studying People

Dr Annemieke Van den Tol

Lecturer in Social Psychology



My research is focussed on music and extends to social, clinical and health psychology. In much of my research to date I have examined the psychological importance of music in life. I am interested in people’s reasons for listening to music, as well as in people’s reaction to hearing music.

The main themes of my research are self-regulation, stress, coping, emotions, cognition, perception, personality, and social identity.

Key Publications

Van den Tol, A. J. M., & Edwards, J. (2014). Listening to sad music in adverse situations: Music selection strategies, self-regulatory goals, and listening effect, and mood-enhancement. Psychology of Music, doi:10.1177/0305735613517410

Maher, P, Van Tilburg, W. A. P., & Van den Tol A. J. M. (2013). Meaning in music: Deviations from expectations in music polarize in-group and out-group attitudes. European Journal of Social Psychology.  DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.1969

Van den Tol, A. J. M., & Edwards, J. (2012). A self-regulatory perspective on choosing 'sad' music to enhance mood. Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Music Perception and Cognition and the 8th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, July 23- 28, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Van den Tol, A. J. M., & Edwards, J. (2011) Exploring a rationale for choosing to listen to sad music when feeling sad. Psychology of Music, DOI: 10.1177/0305735611430433


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