Eline Smit

Research Student

Research Program: Music cognition and Action

Thesis Title

Affective evaluation of major and minor chords from an unfamiliar musical system.

Research Project

When listening to music, we often associate the concept of major and minor with happy and sad affect. My project looks at whether this is intrinsic to psychoacoustic aspects in the music and/or whether this is learned.

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


Smit, E. & Sadakata, M. (2018). The effect of handedness on spatial and motor representation of pitch patterns in pianists, PlosOne. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0195831

Contact Eline

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