Research is work undertaken systematically to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of humanity, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications. It is with help of research that we can establish or confirm facts, reaffirm the results of previous work, solve new or existing problems, support theories, or develop new ones.
Through my PhD studies, I researched the area of music psychology. Music psychology is a branch of psychology and/or musicology, and has actually been an area of research for about 100 years. There are many different areas of music psychology – the biggest area looks at the behaviour and experience of music performance, but the area that deals with the behaviour and experience of music listening has become more widespread and popular during the past few decades. And this is the area in which my interests lie.
My specific research topic during my PhD was the effects of music listening in offices. I was interested in understanding why people chose to listen in this environment, when they listened, what they listened to, whether there were any negative effects of music at work, and so on. I did three studies – one survey, one interview study, and one intervention study. Further information about this research can be found on the Music at work website.