• Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto
  • Director, Science & Music Cognition Laboratory, UTM



My primary research area focuses on cognitive developmental issues in the auditory domain. I am especially interested in music perception and cognition, particularly on reciprocal influences between basic psychological processes and musical structures. I am also interested in the cognitive (nonmusical) consequences of formal music lessons. Some of my research focuses on special populations such as hearing-impaired children with cochlear implants.


Schellenberg, E.G., Stalinski, S.M., & Marks, B.M. (2014). Memory for surface features of unfamiliar melodies: Independent effects of changes in pitch and tempo. Psychological Research, 78, 84-95.

Van Heugten, M., Volkova, A., Trehub, S.E., & Schellenberg, E.G. (2014). Children’s recognition of spectrally degraded cartoon voices.Ear and Hearing, 35, 118-125.

Corrigall, K.A., & Schellenberg, E.G. (2013). Music: The language of emotion. In C. Mohiyeddini, M. Eysenck, & S. Bauer (Eds.) Handbook of psychology of emotions: Recent theoretical perspectives and novel empirical findings (Vol. 2, pp. 299-325). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Stalinski, S.M., & Schellenberg, E.G. (2013). Listeners remember music they like. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 39, 700-716.

Corrigall, K.A., Schellenberg, E.G., & Misura, N.M. (2013). Music training, cognition, and personality. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 222. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00222

Volkova, A., Trehub, S.E., Schellenberg, E.G., Papsin, B.C., & Gordon, K.A. (2013). Children with bilateral cochlear implants identify emotion in speech and music. Cochlear Implants International, 14, 80-91.

Kalender, B., Trehub, S.E., & Schellenberg, E.G. (2013). Cross-cultural differences in meter perception. Psychological Research, 77, 196-203.

Schellenberg, E.G., Corrigall, K.A., Ladinig, O., & Huron, D. (2012). Changing the tune: Listeners like music that expresses a contrasting emotion. Frontiers in Psychology, 3: 574. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00574

Schellenberg, E.G., & Weiss, M.W. (2013). Music and cognitive abilities. In D. Deutsch (Ed.), The psychology of music (3rd ed., pp. 499-550). Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Weiss, M.W., Trehub, S.E., & Schellenberg, E.G. (2012). Something in the way she sings: Enhanced memory for vocal melodies. PsychologicalScience, 23, 1074-1078.

Stalinski, S.M., & Schellenberg, E.G. (2012). Music cognition: A developmental perspective. Topics in Cognitive Science, 4, 485-497.

Schellenberg, E.G., & von Scheve, C. (2012). Emotional cues in American popular music: Five decades of the Top 40. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6, 196-203.