About Vicky

I completed my Psychology degree at the University of York (UK) where I studied the effect of music on computer game performance. I gained an MA in the Psychology of Music at the University of Sheffield where I investigated music and driving behaviour. I was then awarded a University of York PhD Studentship to study musical memory and the impacts of musical expertise on cognitive processing, with Profs. Alan Baddeley and Graham Hitch.

In 2008 I won an ESRC Fellowship to move to Goldsmiths, University of London and study memory function in people with congenital amusia (tone deafness). I also completed my own British Academy grant entitled “What causes earworms?” I spent 2011-12 working as a lecturer and course co-director on the MSc in Music, Mind and Brain at Goldsmiths. Then from 2012-2013 I worked as a Leverhulme Research Associate on a project investigating earworms (tunes that get stuck in the head).

1265114_10153252070705722_947052628_oFrom 2013 -2014 I worked as Visiting Professor of Performance Science at the Hochschule Luzern (Switzerland).  Luzern is a beautiful city and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to work for a year among the fine music performance researchers at the Hochschule Luzern – Musik.

From mid-2014 my post is Vice Chancellor’s Fellow for the Arts and Humanities (Music Department) at the University of Sheffield in the UK. As part of my Fellowship I am working on a program of research focusing on the study of music and memory, and music in the medical humanities.

Me and my wonderful siblings!

Vicky personal: I trained in classical guitar as a child and still count this as my main instrument although I love learning the basics of all instruments. I enjoy cooking, Latin dancing (salsa and bachata) and reading historical and travel biographies.

CV available for download here

Email: Contact Vicky using the Contact Us page on this blog

Publications

V.Williamson (2014) Music and Neurosciences V – The Blogs. An e-book containing all the blogs written at Music and Neurosciences V , Dijon in France. Free Publication.

V.Williamson (2014) You are the music. Icon Books: London. Free sample available here

N. Schaal, V. Krause, K. Lange, M. Banissy, V. Williamson & B. Pollok (in press)
Pitch Memory in non-musicians and musicians: Revealing functional differences using
transcranial direct current stimulation. Cerebral Cortex

V.Williamson & K. Jakubowski (In press) Earworms. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Ed. W. F. Thompson) Sage.

V.Williamson & G. Floridou (In press) Episodic memory. In Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Ed. W. F. Thompson) Sage.

H.J. Kang & V. Williamson (2014) Background music can facilitate second language learningPsychology of Music. DOI: 10.1177/0305735613485152

V. Williamson & S. R. Jilka (2014) Experiencing earworms: An interview study of Involuntary Musical ImageryPsychology of Music. DOI:10.1177/0305735613483848

V. Williamson (2014) Music and your mindScience Uncovered, 44-48

D. Müllensiefen, J. Fry, R. Jones, S. R. Jilka, L. Stewart & V. Williamson (2014). Individual differences in spontaneous involuntary musical imagery. Music Perception, 31(4), 323-335.

V.Williamson, L. Liikkanen., K. Jakubowski., & L. Stewart (2014) Sticky Tunes: How do people react to involuntary musical imagery? PLOS ONE, 9(1): e86170. 

V.Williamson (2013) SMPC2013: The Blogs. An e-book containing all the blogs written at SMPC2013 in Toronto, Canada. Free Publication.

N. Schaal, V. Williamson, & M. Bannisy (2013) Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the supramarginal gyrus facilitates pitch memoryEuropean Journal of Neuroscience, 38, 3513-3518

D. Omigie, M. Pearce, V. Williamson & L. Stewart (2013) Electrophysiological correlates of melodic processing in congenital amusiaNeuropsychologia, 51(9), 1749-62

N. Schaal, V. Williamson, & M.Bannisy (2013) P 35. Investigating a causal role of the supramarginal gyrus for pitch memory using transcranial direct current stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology, 124 (10), e80-e81

V. Williamson & L. Stewart (2013) Congenital Amusia. In The Handbook of Paediatric Neurology (Eds. O. Dulac, H. Sarnat, M. Lassonde). Elsevier. pp. 237-241

V.Williamson (2012) ICMPC-ESCOM 12 e-book. An e-book containing all the blogs written at ICMPC-ESCOM 12. Free Publication.

H.J Kang & V. Williamson (2012) The effect of background music on second language learning. In E. Cambouropoulos, C, Tsougras, K. Mavromatis, K. Pastiadis (Eds) Proceedings of ICMPC-ESCOM 12 (Thessaloniki: Greece), 516-518. Link to Kang & Williamson (2012)

G. Floridou, V. Williamson & D. Mullensiefen (2012) Contracting earworms: The roles of personality and musicality. In E. Cambouropoulos, C, Tsougras, K. Mavromatis, K. Pastiadis (Eds) Proceedings of ICMPC-ESCOM 12(Thessaloniki: Greece), 302-310. Link to Floridou, Williamson & Mullensiefen (2012)

V. Williamson & D. Mullensiefen (2012) Earworms from three angles. In E. Cambouropoulos, C, Tsougras, K. Mavromatis, K. Pastiadis (Eds) Proceedings of ICMPC-ESCOM 12 (Thessaloniki: Greece), 1124-1133 Link to Williamson & Mullensiefen (2012)

V.Williamson, F.Liu, G.Peryer, M.Greierson, & L.Stewart (2012) Perception and action de-coupling in congenital amusia: Sensitivity to task demands. Neuropsychologia, 50(1), 172-180 Link to abstract

R.Worth & V. Williamson (2012) Music to our ears. Europe’s Journal of Psychology, 8(2), 217-221. Link to paper.

V.Williamson, S.Jilka, J.Fry, S.Finkel, D.Mullensiefen & L.Stewart (2012) How do earworms start? Classifying the everyday circumstances of Involuntary Musical Imagery. Psychology of Music, 40(3), 259-284 Link to abstract

V.Williamson, G. Cocchini & L.Stewart (2011) The relationship between pitch and space in congenital amusia. Brain and Cognition, 76 (1), 70-76 - link to abstract

V. Williamson & L. Stewart (2010) Memory for pitch in Congenital Amusia: Beyond a fine-grained pitch perception problem. Memory, 18(6), 657-669. – link to abstract

V. Williamson., T. Mitchell., G. Hitch., & A. Baddeley (2010) Musicians’ memory for language and music in conditions of irrelevant sound. Psychology of Music, 38(3), 331-350 -link to abstract

V.Williamson, C.McDonald, D.Deutsch, T.Griffiths & L.Stewart (2010) Faster decline of pitch memory over time in congenital amusia. Advances in Cognitive Psychology, 6, 15-22. – link to paper

V. Williamson, A. Baddeley & G. Hitch (2010) Musicians’ and nonmusicians’ short-term memory for verbal and musical sequences: Comparing phonological similarity and pitch proximity. Memory and Cognition, 38(2), 163-175 – link to abstract

V. Williamson (2009) In search of the language of music. The Psychologist, 22 (12), 1022-1025. – link to abstract

N. Dibben & V. Williamson (2007). An exploratory survey of in-vehicle music listening. Psychology of Music, 35 (4), 571-589 – link to paper

V. Williamson (2006) Thank you for the music. The Psychologist, 19 (12), 743. link to paper

V. Williamson, A. Baddeley, & G. Hitch (2006) Music in the working memory model? In M. Baroni, A. R. Addessi, R. Caterina, M. Costa (Eds) Proceedings of the ICMPC9 (Bologna: Italy) pp. 1581-1590. Link to paper

Book Reviews

V. Williamson (2010) Memory Rehabilitation: Integrating Theory and Practice (Barbara A. Wilson) New York: The Guilford Press, 2009. The Psychologist, 23(2), 127.

V.Williamson (2009) Music, Thought, and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music (W. F.Thompson). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Psychology of Music, 37, 371-374 – link to paper

Presentations

V.Williamson, K. Jakubowski & L. Stewart (2013) Coping with earworms. University of Bangor and University of Toronto (Canada)

V.Williamson (2013) The music of memory. TEDMEDLive Imperial College

V.Williamson (2013) Music for positive wellbeing. University of East London

V.Williamson (2013) The which, who and what of earworms. University of Hertfordshire

V.Williamson (2013) The musical mind and congenital amusia. Brunel University

V.Williamson (2013) The which, who and what of earworms. University of Warwick

V.Williamson (2012) What is music psychology? University of Glamorgan

V.Williamson (2012) The musical mind as revealed through congenital amusia. Institute of Philosophy’s Centre for the Study of the Senses at the School of Advanced Study,University of London.

V.Williamson (2012) Earworms from three angles. University of the Third Age: Aylesbury.

V.Williamson & D.Mullensiefen (2012) Earworms from three angles. Paper presented at the symposium ‘Involuntary Musical Imagery: Exploring Earworms’ (Convenor; V.Williamson) at the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition: July 2012.

V.Williamson (2012) Music of the hemispheres. Paper presented at King Edward VI Grammar School for the Oxford International Biomedical Centre: July 2012

V.Williamson (2012) Why do tunes get stuck in our heads? Paper presented at the Music in Mind group, Center for Functional Integrative Neuroscience: Aarhus, Denmark: April 2012

V.Williamson (2012) The musical mind: Insights from congenital amusia. Paper presented at 1) University of York External Speaker Series and 2) Midsomer Norton School for the Oxford International Biomedical Centre: February 2012

V.Williamson (2011) Harnessing the power of music for public health promotion. Paper presented at SEMPRE conference on Health and Wellbeing. Folkstone: September 2011

V.Williamson (2011) Why does music get stuck in our heads? Paper presented at Queen Marys ‘Four Summer Panels’ Series (May 2011), Westminster Psychology Seminar Series (November, 2011) and Edge Hill’s Psychology Seminar Series (December, 2011)

V. Williamson, G. Cocchini & L.Stewart (2011). Pitch and space in congenital amusia. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychology Society London Meeting: January, 2011.

V.Williamson & L.Stewart (2010). Musical memory: Insights from Congenital Amusia. Paper given at the 11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition. Seattle WA: Auguest 2010.

V. Williamson & L. Stewart (2010). Memory in Congenital Amusia: Beyond a fine-grained pitch discrimination problem. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychological Society. London: January 6th 2010 and the British Pychological Society. Stratford Upon Avon: April 2010.

V. Williamson & L. Stewart (2009). Memory in Congenital Amusia. Paper presented at the British Association of Cognitive Neuroscience. London: September 23rd 2009.

V. Williamson, G. Hitch & A. Baddeley (2009) Comparing verbal and musical memory: A tale of two paradigms. Paper presented at the Experimental Psychological Society York Meeting. July 9th 2009.

V. Williamson, A. Baddeley & G. Hitch (2008) Memory for verbal and tonal sequences. Paper presented at the University College of London Institute for Child Health. December 10th, 2008

V. Williamson, G. Hitch & A. Baddeley (2007) Musicians and nonmusicians short-term memory for music and language. Paper presented at ‘SEMPRE conference on Musical Experience and Behaviour’ (Sheffield University) October 19th, 2007.

V. Williamson, G. Hitch & A. Baddeley (2007) Comparing memory for speech and music. Paper presented at ‘Language and Music as Cognitive Systems’ (LAMACS. Cambridge; UK) May 11-13, 2007

Posters (first author)

V.Williamson, G. Cocchini & L.Stewart (2011) Pitch and space in congenital amusia. Poster presented at ‘Music and Neuroscience IV’. Edinburgh, UK: June 2011.

V.Williamson, C.McDonald, D.Deutsch, T.Griffiths & L.Stewart (2010) Faster decline of pitch memory over time in congenital amusia. Poster presented at the ’11th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition’. Seattle WA: Auguest 2010.

V. Williamson, G. Hitch and A. Baddeley (2009) Comparing verbal and tonal memory: A tale of two paradigms. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the British Psychological Society, April, 2009

V. Williamson, A. Baddeley and G. Hitch (2009) Verbal vs. tonal memory: Sequence length and serial position effects. Poster presented at Experimental Psychological Society London Meeting, January, 2009

V. Williamson, A. Baddeley and G. Hitch (2008) Does articulatory suppression affect memory for tones? Poster presented at Psychonomics Annual Meeting in Chicago, November, 2008.

V. Williamson, G. Hitch and A. Baddeley (2007) Comparing memory for speech and music. Poster presented at Experimental Psychological Society Edinburgh Meeting, July, 2007.

V. Williamson, A. Baddeley and G. Hitch (2006) Music in the working memory model? Poster presented at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition 9. August, 2006.