Violent Music: Social, Psychological, and Neurological Implications

Music with violent, misogynistic and anti-social themes is often blamed for antisocial or criminal behaviour, but its psychological effects are largely unknown. This project examines the impact of violent music on aggression, emotional states, cognitive function and brain activity. 

Our research at UNSW School of the Arts and Media aims to develop an empirically driven model of the pathways between violent thought and action. It will test hypotheses for minimising the negative consequences of exposure to violent music and for maximising the social and psychological benefits of music. 

Funding Agency

Australian Research Council. / Discovery Project Shared Grant (DP160101470)


Macquarie University; Iowa State University, USA; University of Toronto, Mississauga; Lancaster University


Professor Emery Schubert

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