The Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) is a forum for the discussion of scholarly research on the intersection of music and psychology.
AMPS was formed in 1996 and since, has grown steadily in membership. It now represents the national body of researchers in this field, and is a member of APSCOM.
The idea to form a psychology and music society came about during the Fourth International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC4) held at McGill University, Montreal. At that meeting, there was interest for ICMPC to be held in Australia. The first step was to form a group that could coordinate the organization of such an event and to form a music and psychology society similar in focus to those in Europe (ESCOM), Japan (JSMPC), and the United States (SMPC). Our aim is to bring Australian researchers together and to represent Australian research overseas.
The members of AMPS regularly meet to discuss research, with local and overseas presenters addressing a variety of topics. These have ranged from psychophysics and psychoacoustics, cochlear mechanics, rhythm and pitch perception, to emotional responses to music, musical development, skill acquisition, and social aspects of ensemble performance. At present our Seminar Series, Music Auditory Cognition & Mind (MACAM), meets regularly at The University of Melbourne.
We welcome new members, students and researchers alike. Membership is free! Becoming a member is as simple as joining our mailing list.
Australian Music & Psychology Society (AMPS) Incorporated
ABN: 80 592 940 299