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Talks & Media

A selection of invited talks, internet news, feature interviews, podcast episodes and video appearances, where my research has been discussed.

Invited Talks

2024. "Exploring the influence of music listening on conscious thoughts and imagination" (see poster). Colloquium Lecture, Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

2023. "How music triggers and shapes the contents of thoughts and mental images" (see poster). Research Colloquia, Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

2023. "Exploring consciousness with music: Perspectives from neuropsychological research on mind-wandering and imagination". Spatial Sound Institute, Budapest, Hungary.

2022. “Music as a lifelong companion for well-being”. Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, University of Lugano, Switzerland.

2021. “Can music shape ongoing thoughts and visual mental images?”. Music Department, Cambridge University, UK.

2021. “Can music be used to regulate thoughts? Perspectives from research on mind-wandering and visual mental imagery during music listening”. Open Seminars in Music Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

2020. “Mind-wandering during music listening”. Research Forum on Music-Evoked Thoughts, Music Department, Durham University, UK.

2020. “Mind-wandering during music listening”. Psychology Department, Goldsmiths University of London, UK.

2019. "The benefits of spontaneous thought for the creative brain”. Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, UK.

2018. “Mind-wandering: Definition, measurement, and functional outcome”. Department of Musicology and Media Studies, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.


2018. “Sad music, empathy, and visual mental imagery: An fMRI study”. ICMPC15/ESCOM10, University of Graz, Austria.

2017. “Music, emotion, and mind-wandering in everyday life”. Psychology Department, Free University Berlin, Germany.

2017. “Visual imagery during music-evoked emotions: Perspectives from cognitive psychology and neuroscience”. KOSMOS Dialogue, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

2017. "Which emotions does music evoke? Aesthetic vs. everyday emotions”. CTM Berlin Festival, Germany.


2016. “Music, emotion, and spontaneous cognition”. Brain and Consciousness Research Center, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan.

2016. “Why we listen to sad music: Effects on emotion and cognition”. Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.

2016. "Effects of music-evoked emotions on spontaneous cognition”. STATE Festival Berlin, Germany.

Internet Press

Ticino Scienza, Musica come cura, lezione di Liila Taruffi: Dobbiamo imparare a "vagare" meglio con la mente

Pacific Standard, A new theory as to why we love sad music

NBC (, 4 reasons we love sad songs: Unexpected rewards of melancholy music

Daily Mail, Feeling down? Then listen to sad music: Melancholy tunes lift our moods

BBC (, Does listening to sad music actually make you happier?

Spiegel, Warum uns traurige Musik guttut

Le Monde, La musique triste rend heureux

The Independent, Sad music is good for you, says new study

Panorama, Ascoltare musica triste fa bene all‘umore: ecco perché in 5 punti

The Huffington Post, There is a reason you love sad music after a break up, new study says

Pacific Standard, The positive emotional impact of sad music

VICE (noisey), Sad music is depressing; it‘s also healthy and good for your mind

New York Magazine, Wallowing in sad songs is the best, science confirms, There’s happy news for people who listen to sad songs

Medical Daily, Living vicariously through sad music: Sad songs actually give us peace of mind and a sense of nostalgia

Boing Boing, We listen to sad music to feel nostalgic

BBC (travel), The European country that loves being sad

Nylon, Why does sad music make you happy?

Galileu, Músicas 'de fossa' ajudam a superar a tristeza

Courrier International, Pourquoi la musique triste rend heureux

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Musik im Kopf

Podcast Episodes

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