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Meet Dr. Taruffi

Music Psychologist

I am an interdisciplinary music researcher and music psychology expert, working at the intersection of psychology, aesthetics and neuroscience. My academic background spans both sciences and humanities. I have an M.Sc. in Music, Mind & Brain from Goldsmiths, University of London, an M.A. in Aesthetics and a B.A. in Theoretical Philosophy, both from the University of Florence. After receiving my Ph.D. in Psychology from the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion” at the Free University of Berlin, I held various research and teaching positions in a number of international institutions including the Free University of Berlin, the Humboldt University of Berlin, in Germany, and Durham University in the UK. I currently work as Assistant Professor at the Academy of Music (School of Creative Arts) at Hong Kong Baptist University.

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Aside from academia, I have been collaborating with artists and sound therapists to strengthen connections and the exchange of practices between art/music, science and therapy. I am also committed to sharing my expertise with the general public of music listeners, and besides scientific conferences and events, I have given several talks at music/art festivals. I believe this knowledge should be open to everyone, not just confined to the walls of academia. While bridging the gap between academia and society, it is equally important to ensure that this scientific knowledge is presented accurately and appropriately, without being oversimplified or misinterpreted. By sharing my expertise with the general public, I hope to inspire others to appreciate the transformative power of music and its potential to improve our lives.

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