Dr Yuko Arthurs

Yuko Arthurs Profile

Email : y.arthurs@sheffield.ac.uk


I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Music. I’m also an Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University where I teach Music Psychology to Music and Psychology undergraduates.

I studied Musicology at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan. I was first introduced to Music Psychology during Psychoacoustics lectures for my MA Music and Sound Creativity course at the Tokyo University of the Arts. This introduction led me to believe that Music Psychology may provide answers to my questions about music. With this in mind, I moved to Sheffield in 2009 to study MA Psychology of Music. Following this second MA, I worked as a Research Assistant for Dr Renee Timmers, and completed my PhD studies under her supervision in 2016. My PhD focused on the influence of musical context on the perception of consonance and dissonance and has led to several publications.

I am interested in the listening experience and, in particular, the process by which we perceive music and respond to it emotionally. It has always fascinated me that the perception of sound and musical elements is to some extent an intrinsic ability, yet precisely how we perceive a piece of music also seems to depend to a large extent on an individual’s experience. I am keen to pursue this ‘nature or nurture’ question on the perception of music.

Since starting teaching and taking up a PGCert Professional Practice in Higher Education at Bath Spa University, I have also developed an interest in music education in higher education. I hope to study music students’ learning experiences, the role of university music courses on students’ learning, and students’ career choices post-university

Research interests

  • The perception of consonance and dissonance
  • The influence of an understanding of lyrics on the listener’s emotions
  • Music in Higher Education


Doctoral Thesis

Arthurs, Y. (2016). The Creation of Consonance: How Musical Context Influences Chord Perception. The University of Sheffield.

Book chapter

Arthurs, Y. (2015). Psychophysical and psychological approaches to consonance and dissonance. In ed. Ruggiero, G. & Bruni, D., Il Ritmo Della Mente: La musica tra scienza cognitiva e psicoterapia, Milan: Minesis, p.49-72.

Journal articles

  • Arthurs, Y., Beeston, A. and, Timmers, R. (2018). Perception of isolated chords: Examining frequency of occurrence, instrumental timbre, acoustic descriptors and musical training. Psychology of Music, 46(5), pp. 662-681.
  • Arthurs, Y. and Timmers, R. (2016) On the fluidity of consonance and dissonance: the influence of musical context, Psychomusicology: Brain, mind and music, Vol 26(1), pp. 1-14.
  • Schiavio, A., Bramley, S., Veltri, T., Cespedes-Guevara, J. and Arthurs, Y.(2014). Report of the international summer school of musical understanding: Philosophical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, Vol. 24 (1), p.109-113.

Conference papers

  • Arthurs,Y., Timmers, R. and Beeston, A (2015). Chord perception and frequency of occurrence: samples from works by J.S.Bach and the Beatles. Proceedings of the Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Science of Music, pp. 192-193, http://escom.org/proceedings/ESCOM9_Manchester_2015_Abstracts_Proceedings.pdf, 2015.
  • Arthurs, Y. and Timmers, R. (2013). Consonance and Pleasantness Judgment of Triads in Different Musical Context. Proceeding of International Conference on Music and Emotion, https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/41641.
  • Morimoto, Y. and Timmers, R.(2012). Repeated Listening and Pleasure and Boredom Responses to Cadenza. Proceeding of the 12th ICMPC and the 8th Triennial Conference of ESCOM, p. 693-697.
  • Timmers, R., Crook, H. and Morimoto, Y.(2012), Emotional influences on attention to auditory streams. Proceedings of the 12th ICMPC and the 8th Triennial Conference of ESCOM, p. 989-994.
  • Morimoto, Y. (2009). What is Music Psychology?. Proceedings of Music Psychology Studying Group, The Japanese Psychological Association, 1, p.16-25.
  • Morimoto, Y., Kamekawa, T. and Marui, A. (2009). Verbal effect on memorisation and recognition of Wagner’s leitmotifs, Proceedings of 7th Triennial Conference of ESCOM, http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2009411289.