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Mimi O'Neill
Associate Lecturer

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Biography

Mimi is a Lecturer in Music in the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Her research interest is music psychology; more specifically, music and emotion, empathy, intra-audience effects, quantitative data collection and analysis and the systematic study of music. Currently, Mimi is finishing her PhD, looking at the social or collective experience of live, western art music concerts. While it has been shown that listening to music with other people affects the emotional intensity of consumers' responses, it is not yet clear what the mechanisms of this influence are. The presence of other people is typical in live music performances; however, the social schemata prohibit verbal communication. Therefore, Mimi has been looking at this phenomenon using theories of parasocial interaction and in-group theory. This research is funded by the Volkswagon Foundation and supervised by Dr Hauke Egermann.

Mimi's research will also form part of the Experimental Concert Research and Digital Concert Experience projects. Under the leadership of Zeppelin University (Martin Tröndle, WÜRTH Chair of Cultural Production), the interdisciplinary project’s team is made up of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main (Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann), the University of Bern in Switzerland (Wolfgang Tschacher) and the University of York (Hauke Egermann). The researchers will be focusing on the format of the concert and current developments in the music business – commonly referred to as 'experimental concert formats' – will become scientific experiments. The project is mainly supported by the Volkswagen Foundation, the Max Planck Society and the WÜRTH Foundation. The Aventis Foundation supports the artistic part of the project.

Departmental roles

  • Pathway Leader of MA Music: Music Psychology pathway

Research

Overview

Mimi's main research interests concern:

  • Music psychology
  • Music and emotion
  • Music science
  • Empathy
  • Quantitative research methods and analysis

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Introduction to Music Education

Publications

Full publications list

O’Neill, K., Egermann, H. (2021). Intra-Audience effects: The social experience of a live Western art music concert influences people’s overall enjoyment of the event but not the emotional response to the music. 

Maloney, L., O’Neill, K., Gray, J., (In press). Alone together: A mixed-methods analysis of Spotify listening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Music, Health and Wellness. 

Wald-Fuhrmann, M., Egermann, H., Czepiel, A., O’Neill, K., ... & Tröndle, M. (2021). Music listening in classical concerts: Theory, literature review, and research program. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 1324. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.638783

O’Neill, K., & Egermann, H. (2020). Induced empathy moderates emotional responses to expressive qualities in music. Musicae Scientiae, https://doi.org/10.1177/1029864920974729

Contact details

Mimi O'Neill
Associate Lecturer
School of Arts and Creative Technologies
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD