Victoria Williamson studies the effects of music on the mind with a view to better understanding how music can benefit everyday life.
Victoria Williamson is a researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she is pursuing her passion for studying the impacts of music on the mind with a view to better understanding how music can benefit everyday life. Victoria earned her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of York and her master’s degree in the psychology of music at the University of Sheffield. During her time at Sheffield she began exploring musical memory and the impacts of
musicianship on mental processes. After Sheffield, Victoria won a University of York PhD Studentship to further explore the nature of musical memory under the wings of the world memory research experts Professors Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch.
On completion of her PhD, Victoria won an ESRC Fellowship that allowed her to move to Goldsmiths, University of London to study memory in individuals with congenital amusia (tone deafness). She has continued to map memory processing as a function of musicianship and to study the impact of music on more everyday tasks such as driving or language
learning. Most recently she has been researching the origins of involuntary musical imagery, a memory phenomenon more commonly known as ‘earworms’ or ‘stuck song syndrome’. Her work in music psychology has been widely featured in leading global print and broadcast media
outlets, including the BBC, World Service, NPR and CNN. In the coming year Victoria will take up a position as Visiting Professor at The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Switzerland) and will publish her first book on the fascinating world of music psychology.