Psychology of Singing

Research on singing has been conducted as part of the AIRS (Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing)  SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative (2009-2016) directed by Dr. Annabel Cohen.   The  co-edited Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing: Vol 1 Development,  Vol 2 Education, and Vol 3 Well-being, is a forthcoming book series (Series Editor, A. J. Cohen) representing consolidated work of the collaboration.

Publications on Singing

Cohen, A. J.  (2019). Singing. In D. Levitin & Rentfrew (Eds.). Foundations of Music Psychology: Theory and research (pp 685-750).  Cambridge, MA: MIT Press


Cohen, A.J. & Ludke, K. (2019). Digital libraries for singing:  The example of the AIRS project. In G. Welch, D. M. Howard, & J. Nix  Oxford handbook of singing (pp. 393-407). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Cohen, A. J.  (2017). Music and Text: Vocal Musicianship.  In R. Ashley and R. Timmers (Eds.) Routledge companion to music cognition (337-348).  New York, NY: Routledge.

Ellis, B. K., Hwang, H., Savage, P. E., Pan, B.-Y., Cohen, A. J., & Brown, S. (2016). Identifying Style-Types in a Sample of Musical Improvisations Using Dimensional Reduction and Cluster Analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.  [online first - awaiting print for 2018]

McKellar, J., & Cohen, A. J. (2016). Identification of thin slices of music by university students in Prince Edward Island.  Canadian Acoustics

Cohen, A. J., Vincent, C., Moses, D. S., Fujinaga, I., Lefford, N.,  & Tzanatakis, G. (2013).  A digital library to advance interdisciplinary research in singing. Paper presented at the International Congress on Acoustics (ICA). Montreal. Session 5aMUb: Digital Libraries for Speech and Singing.  Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 19, 030579, pp 1-9.

Cohen, A. J. & Trehub, S. E. ( 2011.)  The psychology of singing.  Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21.

Cohen, A. J. (2011).  Dedication to Johan Sundberg.   Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21,

Cohen, A. J. (2011. Introduction to the special volume on the Psychology of Singing.  Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain, 21,

Cohen, A. J.  (2011) Creativity in Singing:Universality and the question of critical periods. In D. Hargreaves, D. Miell, & R.A.R. MacDonald (Eds.) Musical Imaginations: Multidisciplinary perspectives on creativity,  performance, and perception (pp.173-189). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Cohen, A. J.  (2011).  Advancing interdisciplinary research in singing:  A performance perspective.  In A. Williamon, D. Edwards, & L. Bartel (eds.)  International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 105- 110).  The Netherlands: Association Européenne des  Conservatoires, Acadmies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC).

Cohen, A. J. (2010). Audiovisual Recording.  In A.J. Mills, G. Durepos, & E. Wiebe (Eds.). Encyclopedia of case study research. (pp. 30-32 ). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.  (relates to importance of AV recording for singing research)

Cohen, A. J. (2010). Longitudinal studies. In A. J.Mills, G. Durepos, & E. Wiebe (Eds.). Encyclopedia of case study research. (pp. 81-84).   Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (relates to importance of longitudinal studies for singing research).

Cohen, A. J., Armstrong, V.L., Lannan, M.S., & Coady, J. D. (2009).  A protocol for cross-cultural research on acquisition of singing. Neurosciences and Music III-Disorders and Plasticity: Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1169, 112-115.