My research is concerned with the social psychology of music, investigating the social functions of music and musical taste, applying ideas from mainstream social psychology (e.g. social identity theory, heuristics, two-factor theory of emotion) to study musical behaviour. Over the course of my PhD, my research investigated the idea that people use their musical taste as a social ‘badge’ of identity and group membership.
Research group membership
Adam is member of the Applied Social Psychology (ASP) research group and the Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU) at Oxford Brookes University.
Research grants and awards
Bunce, L., Childs, J., & Lonsdale, A.J. (Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health Research Awards Scheme - £5,000). Building academic success and resilience in social work students using a self-determination theory approach. Awarded November 2016.
Lonsdale, A.J. (Oxford Brookes University Teaching and Learning Project (TLP) - £1,350). Academic success and non-cognitive factors: What factors predict students’ final-year dissertation grades? Awarded December 2015.
Davies, E.L, Lonsdale, A.J., & Foxcroft, D.R. (Oxford Brookes University Competitive Funding Call - £15,785). Alcohol related social embarrassment: A pilot trial to explore the feasibility and effectiveness of a novel intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in undergraduates. Awarded May 2015.
At present, I am working on several different projects. Currently I am working on a programme of research that aims to further investigate the effects of shared musical tastes on in-group favouritism, and to re-examine these apparent effects in the light of the predictions made by social identity theory. I am also developing several different programmes of research to investigate how (1) considerations of identity influence an individual’s willingness to pay for music; (2) why people listen to music; and (3) developing a fully integrated theory of musical preference / musical taste.
Applied Social Psychology (ASP) research group
The Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU)