Michelle Ulor


My interest in music psychology research began whilst obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology (Goldsmiths, University of London), where I worked with Professor Lauren Stewart and Dr Nicolas Farrugia investigating specific characteristics that influence the development of involuntary musical imagery for my dissertation (2012 - 2015). I continued with research into musical imagery when I completed an MSc in Music, Mind & Brain at Goldsmiths, University of London (2015 - 2016). During that time, I worked with Dr Kelly Jakubowski and Dr Daniel Mullensiefen to look at the role of involuntary musical imagery in the consolidation of novel music tunes. I decided to further explore research into musical imagery at the University of Leeds, where I am currently a third year PhD student looking at whether voluntary musical imagery can be used as an effective intervention for anxiety (2016 - present). I work under the supervision of Dr Freya Bailes and Professor Daryl O'Connor, and my research is funded by the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship. For non-academic music-related activities, I am an open-format DJ with a monthly radio show on NTS Radio, and I write for two online music websites - Truants and Insert.

Teaching experience:

  • Psychology undergraduate research skills teaching assistant (2017 - 2018)


  • Arts Health ECRN representative for Leeds (2018 - present)
  • Abstract reviewer for the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus18) (Brazil) (2018)
  • School of Music postgraduate researcher representative (2017 - 2018)


  • SEMPRE travel and accommodation award for the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC) (University of Graz) (2018)
  • Leeds Doctoral College Spring Showcase Poster Conference competition (University of Leeds) first place winner (2018)
  • Arts, Humanities and Cultures Poster Conference competition (University of Leeds) third place winner (2017)
  • SEMPRE travel award for the International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus17) (Queen Mary, University of London) (2017)
  • Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship (2016)

Research interests

Research interests:

  • Musical imagery
  • Anxiety
  • Music interventions
  • Music and well-being

Professional membership:

  • Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research (SEMPRE)
  • Royal Music Association

Research profile:


  • BSc in Psychology
  • MSc in Music, Mind & Brain