Dr Anthony Chmiel

Research Program: Brain Sciences


Anthony is a researcher in cognitive psychology and music. At MARCS he is working on the ARC
Discovery Project "Maintaining active minds and bodies through older adult music education" with Prof.
Roger Dean, Dr. Jennifer MacRitchie, and Prof. Kate Stevens. This project investigates how music
education programs can best be delivered to older adults to achieve maximum gain, both in their rate of
improvement in cognitive and motor tasks, and their general sense of wellbeing and achievement.
Additional research aspects in the project concern the development of computational tools for measuring
musical performances and improvisations, and the development of training tools to enhance horizontal
pitch associations for music novices.

In addition to this, Anthony holds a supporting research role with Dr. Sandra Garrido on the MoodyTunes
mHealth app and the Music for Dementia website, and is co-supervising a MRES student in the School of

Anthony works within the MARCS Music Science program, as well as within the MARCS Age Lab.


  • PhD (Music psychology). UNSW, 2019
  • Bachelor of Music (Hons 1). UNSW, 2013

Research Interests

  • Music and aesthetics, emotion, education, wellbeing, performance, ageing, and computation.


For a full list of Anthony's publications, click here to visit his google scholar profile.

Contact Anthony

Phone+61 2 9772 6761
LocationWestern Sydney University Bankstown campus (Bullecourt Ave, Milperra)