Dr Eline Smit

Research program:  

Brain Sciences


I finished my PhD at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney
University in Sydney, Australia in 2021. My PhD research focused on the perception of affect of unfamiliar
musical systems. For my PhD, I held a MARCS Institute PhD scholarship and I was awarded a
Transdisciplinary & Innovation grant from the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language to
study the impact of music on implicit word learning.

Before moving to Australia, I completed my BA in Arts & Humanities magna cum laude at the University of
Utrecht and my MA in Musicology at the University of Amsterdam. I also studied classical piano at the
Royal Conservatoire in Antwerp where I received her BA cum laude. As a pianist, I debuted with the
second piano concerto of Shostakovich in Antwerp with the Flemish Symphonic Orchestra.

As a true Dutch person, I really enjoy riding my bike around Sydney in my spare time.


Dr Eline Smit is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Lifespan Language Learning.

Roles/Position Responsibilities

I work within Professor Paola Escudero’s ARC Future Fellowship project entitled: Enhancing foreign
language learning through auditory training and interaction and within projects of the Centre of Excellence
for the Dynamics of Language.

Research Interests

  • cognitive musicology,
  • music perception, psycholinguistics and
    Bayesian statistics.
  • My PhD focused on emotion perception in music and I am currently interested in the
    cross-overs between music and language.

Qualifications and Honours

  • 2011-2014 Bachelor of Arts, (Magna Cum Laude), University College Roosevelt, The Netherlands
  • 2014-2017 Bachelor of Music (Cum Laude), Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, Belgium
  • 2015-2016 Master of Arts and Culture: Musicology, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2017-2021 Doctor of Philosophy, Western Sydney University, Australia



Contact Eline

Phone+61 2 9772 6107
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)