Dr. Steven Gamble

I’m a researcher of popular music, and I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about how listening to music makes people feel. A colleague once described me as “relentlessly interpretative”. (I’m not sure it was a compliment, but there you go).

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How Music Empowers

Listening to Modern Rap and Metal

How Music Empowers argues that empowerment is the key to unlocking the long-standing mystery of how music moves us. Drawing upon cutting-edge research in embodied cognitive science, psychology, and cultural studies, the book provides a new way of understanding how music affects listeners.

Through listening to rap and metal, individuals have the potential to redefine themselves, gain resilience, connect with other people, and make a difference in society.

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News: MSCA Individual Fellowship

News: MSCA Individual Fellowship

It's a strange time to have good news to share: I certainly don't want to vaingloriously distract from the difficult global circumstances, but perhaps it's nice to hear about exciting new opportunities. With that in mind… I'm delighted to announce that in September...