Profile: Tom Cochrane
I studied philosophy at University College London 1996-1999, and then did a part time MA in music composition at Birmingham Conservatoire 1999-2001. Between 2003-2007, I did a Phd at Nottingham University. My thesis was entitled 'Shared Emotions in Music'.
I was then a postdoc from 2007-2010 at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, which is an institute specializing in emotion research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. From 2010-2012 I then worked on an individually funded project at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at QUB, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. This project was called 'The Mood Organ'. Using existing sensor technology, I developed a programme for generating music automatically using physiological and behavioural signals of emotion.
In September 2012, I started a temporary lectureship at the University of Sheffield. Over the last few years I've taught the Philosophy of Art, Ethics, The Imagination, Mind and Language and the Philosophy of Education. My current post lasts until 2016.
Overall my research mostly focuses on the connections between art and mind. Aesthetic experience manifests a number of central cognitive capacities, particularly those relating to emotion, the imagination and social cognition. I have done a lot of work on the emotional powers of music, as well as the psychology of artistic genres such as comedy and the sublime. Right now I'm writing a book on emotions.
• ‘Temporal dynamics of musical emotions revealed by inter-subject synchrony of brain activity’ Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, May, 2015. Co-authored with Wiebke Trost, Sascha Frühholz, Yann Cojan & Patrik Vuilleumier.
• ‘The difference between emotion and affect’ Physics of Life Reviews, Vol. 13, No. 2. June 2015.
• ‘Narrative and character formation’ Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 72, No. 3, Summer 2014: 303-315.
• ‘The emotional experience of the sublime’ Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 42, No. 2, June 2012: 125-148.
• ‘Using the persona to express complex emotions in music’ Music Analysis, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2011: 264-275.
• ‘Music, emotions and the influence of the cognitive sciences’ Philosophy Compass, Vol. 5, No.11, November 2010: 978-988.
• ‘A simulation theory of musical expressivity’ The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 88, No. 2, June 2010: 191-207.
• ‘Eight dimensions for the emotions’ Social Science Information, Special issue, Vol. 48. No. 3, Sept. 2009: 379-420.
• ‘Joint attention to music’ British Journal of Aesthetics. Vol. 49, No. 1, Jan 2009: 59-73.
• ‘Expression and extended cognition’ Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Vol. 66, No. 4, Fall 2008: 329-340.
• The Emotional Power of Music ed. T. Cochrane, B. Fantini & K. Scherer. Oxford University Press, 2013.