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Becky Yau

Becky Yau

M.Phil student, 2011-2012


Biography:

Qualifications

BA in Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Interests

Music and Emotion, Music Perception, Interpersonal Interaction, Social Interaction

I worked in the field of music theory and analysis during my undergraduate degree, where I researched Claude Debussy’s opera Pelléas et Mélisande, exploring how musical parameters affect the perception of the operatic context, in particular, the motifs and pitch collections that effect the change of scene, how music underlies tension, and how music is used to create the hearing of light in the opera.

Summary of Research

How does the perception of music change when a person has listened to the same piece of music at different times; does music evoke emotion in the similar way for people with different genders, culture and age; do people’s personalities have a psychological effect on the music they hear and make; and how is an emotional state achieved by the use of musical parameters?

My research will explore the correlation of music and emotion to investigate how the interaction of music with personal experience, personal identity and the external environment affects the evocation of emotion.