Dr Renee Timmers - Publications


  • Ashley, R. & Timmers, R. (Eds.) (2017). Routledge companion to music cognition. New York: Routledge.
  • Timmers, R., Dibben, N., Eitan, Z., Granot, R., Metcalfe, T., Schiavio, A., & Williamson, V. (Eds., 2015). Proceedings of ICMEM 2015. International Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music. Sheffield: HRI Online Publications, 2015. Available online at: http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/openbook/book/ICMEM2015
  • Fabian, D., Timmers, R., & Schubert, E. (Eds.) (2014). Expressiveness in music performance: Empirical approaches across styles and cultures. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Timmers, R. (2002). Freedom and constraints in timing and ornamentation: Investigations of music performance. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Timmers, R. (2017). Emotion in music listening. In R. Ashley & R. Timmers (Eds.), Routledge companion to music cognition (pp. 489-500). New York: Routledge.
  • Timmers, R., & Sadakata, M. (2014). Training expressive performance by means of visual feedback: existing and potential applications of performance measurement techniques. In Fabian, D., Timmers, R., & Schubert, E. (Eds.). Expressiveness in music performance: Empirical approaches across styles and cultures (pp. 304-327). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Juslin, P.N., & Timmers, R. (2010). Expression and communication of emotion in music performance. In Juslin, P.N. & Sloboda, J.A. (Eds.), Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, and Applications (pp. 453-489). Oxford University Press.
  • Desain, P., Honing, H., Aarts, R., & Timmers, R. (2000). Rhythmic Aspects of Vibrato. In Desain, P. & Windsor, W. L. (Eds.), Rhythm Perception and Production (pp.203-216). Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger.
  • Windsor, W. L., Desain, P., Honing, H., Aarts, R., Heijink, H., and Timmers, R. (2000). On Time: The influence of tempo, structure, and style on the timing of grace notes in skilled musical performance. In Desain, P. and Windsor, W. L. (Eds.), Rhythm Perception and Production (pp.217-223). Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger

Journal Publications

  • Arthurs, Y., Beeston, A. V., & Timmers, R. (2017). Perception of isolated chords: Examining frequency of occurrence, instrumental timbre, acoustic descriptors and musical training. Psychology of Music. Online pre-publication. doi.org/10.1177/0305735617720834.
  • Bonastre, C., Muñoz, E., & Timmers, R. (2017). Conceptions about teaching and learning of expressivity in music among Higher Education teachers and students. British Journal of Music Education. Online pre-publication. doi.org/10.1017/S0265051716000462
  • Schiavio, A., van der Schyff, D., Kruse-Weber, S., & Timmers, R. (2017). When the sound becomes the goal. 4E cognition and teleomusicality in early infancy. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1585.
  • Arthurs, Y., Timmers, R. (2016). On the fluidity of consonance and dissonance: The influence of musical context. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 26, 1-14.
  • Clarke, E.F., Doffman, M., & Timmers, R. (2016). Creativity, Collaboration and Development in Jeremy Thurlow’s Ouija for Peter Sheppard Skærved. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 141(1), 113-165.
  • Schiavio, A., & Timmers, R. (2016). Motor and audiovisual learning consolidate auditory memory of tonally ambiguous melodies. Music Perception, 34, 21-32.
  • Timmers, R., & Granot, R. (2016). Letter of the guest editors of the special issue on “Music as a Multimodal Experience”. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, 26 (2), 101-102.
  • Timmers, R., & Li, S. (2016). Representation of pitch in horizontal space and its dependence on musical and instrumental experience. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain.
  • Gerson, S.A., Schiavio, A., Timmers, R., & Hunnius, S. (2015). Active drumming experience increases infants’ sensitivity to audiovisual synchrony during observed drumming actions. PLoS ONE 10(6), e0130960.
  • Timmers, R., & Crook, H.L. (2014). Affective priming in music listening: Emotions as a source of musical expectation. Music Perception, 31, 470-484.
  • Timmers, R., Endo, S., Bradbury, A., & Wing, A. M. (2014). Synchronization and leadership in string quartet performance: a case study of auditory and visual cues. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, Article 645.
  • Timmers, R., Sadakata, M., & Desain, P. (2012). The role of visual feedback and creative exploration for the improvement of timing accuracy in performing musical ornaments. Music Perception, 30, 187-204.
  • Brandmeyer, A., Timmers, R., Sadakata, M., & Desain, P. (2011). Learning expressive percussion performance under different visual feedback conditions. Psychological Research-Psychologische Forschung, 75(2), 107-121.
  • Eitan, Z., & Timmers, R. (2010). Beethoven´s last piano sonata and those who follow crocodiles: Cross-domain mappings of auditory pitch in a musical context. Cognition, 114, 405-422.
  • Sadakata, M., Hoppe, D., Brandmeyer, A., Timmers, R. & Desain, P. (2008). Real-time visual feedback for learning to perform short rhythms with variations in timing and loudness. Journal of New Music Research, 37, 207-220.
  • Timmers, R. (2007). Perception of music performance on historical and modern commercial recordings. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122(5), 2872-2880.
  • Timmers, R. (2007). Vocal expression in recorded performances of Schubert songs. Musicae Scientiae, XI(2), 237-268.
  • Timmers, R. (2007). Communication of (e)motion through performance: Two case studies. Orbis Musicae, 14, 116-140.
  • Timmers, R. & Ashley, R. (2007). Emotional ornamentation in performances of a Handel sonata. Music Perception, 25, 117-134.
  • Timmers, R., Marolt, M, Camurri, A., & Volpe, G. (2006) Listeners´ emotional engagement with performances of a Scriabin etude: An explorative case study. Psychology of Music, 34, 481-510.
  • Timmers, R. (2005) Predicting the similarity between expressive performances of music from measurements of tempo and dynamics. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 117, 391-399.
  • Timmers, R. (2003). On the contextual appropriateness of expression. Music Perception, 20, 225-240.
  • Timmers, R., & Honing, H. (2002). On music performance, theories, measurement and diversity. Cognitive Processing (International Quarterly of Cognitive Sciences) 1-2, 1-19.
  • Timmers, R., Ashley, R., Desain, P., Honing, H., & Windsor, L. W. (2002). Timing of ornaments in the theme of Beethoven´s Paisiello Variations: Empirical Data and a Model. Music Perception, 20, 3-33.
  • Timmers, R., Ashley, R., Desain, P., & Heijink, H. (2000). The Influence of Musical Context on Tempo Rubato. Journal of New Music Research, 29, 131-158.
  • Windsor, W. L., Desain, P., Aarts, R., Heijink, H., & Timmers, R. (2001). The timing of grace notes in skilled musical performance at different tempi: a case study. Psychology of Music, 29, 149-169.


  • Timmers, R. (2016). Book review of Fabian, D. (2015). A musicology of performance: Theory and method based on Bach’s solos for violin. Musicae Scientiae, 20, 274-279.
  • Timmers, R. (2012). Book review of Tan, S.L., Pfordresher, P.Q., and Harré, R. (2010). Psychology of music: from sound to significance. Hove; New York: Psychology Press. British Journal of Music Education 29, 427-431.
  • Timmers, R. (2005). Book review of “Musical Performance: A guide to understanding “ by John Rink (Ed.), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Psychology of Music, 33, 227-229.
  • Timmers, R. (2005). Book review of “Musical Excellence: Strategies and techniques to enhance performance” by Aaron Williamon (Ed.), Oxford University Press. Music and Letters, 86 (4), 673-675.

Conference proceedings papers (selection)

  • Timmers, R., Schiavio, A., Cowell, H. (2015). Influences of visual activity on memorised tempo of a performance. ESCOM, 9th Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK.
  • Timmers, R., Endo, S., & Wing, A. (2013). Temporal coordination in string quartet performance. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science. Vienna, Austria.
  • Veltri, T., Timmers, R., Overton, P. (2013). The effects of nicotine on music-induced emotion. Proceedings of ICME03, Jyvaskyla, Finland.
  • Timmers, R., Crook, H.L, & Morimoto, Y. (2012). Emotional influences on attention to auditory streams. Proceedings of the 12th ICMPC. Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Timmers, R. and Desain, P. (2000). Vibrato: questions and answers from musicians and science. In Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition Keele, UK: Keele University, Department of Psychology.