Professor Catherine Loveday, Professor on the Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience BSc Honours course, was interviewed on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5, BBC Radio London and other regional BBC radio  about how music defines us. 


Professor Loveday was recently a part of a research study which analysed the music record choices of guests on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs programme. The study found that the music we listen to between the age of 10 and 30 define us for the rest of our lives.

Professor Loveday said: “What’s wonderful about Desert Island Discs is that it gives people this completely free reign, so people choose things like classical music and hymns and folk tunes and all sorts of other things and that was really interesting. But what was really fascinating to me was why people chose the music. So, they were tending to choose music which reminded them of this period of their life from late childhood into early 20s and a huge number of those choices, well over 50 per cent of those choices, came from that period of time."

Find out more about the research study in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

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