My research is primarily concerned with the social psychology of music; applying well-established theories from mainstream social psychology to better understand music and musical behaviour. In particular, I am interested in the social functions of music and the idea that people might use their musical tastes as a ‘badge’ of identity and group membership.
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 effects in the light of the predictions made by social identity theory. I am also developing several different programmes of research to investigate (1) how considerations of identity influence an individual’s willingness to pay for music; (2) why people listen to music; (3) the possible psychological benefits of choral singing; and (4) developing an integrated theory of musical preference and musical taste.
I am also interested in the application of theoretical frameworks outside of music psychology to study questions with more immediate real-world implications. For example, is it possible to reduce alcohol among undergraduates using brief online interventions? What role do non-intellectual factors play in the academic performance of university students? What do people think about the possible introduction of a minimum pricing policy for alcohol? Is it possible to predict psychological resilience among student social workers?
Research group membership
UoA4: Applied Social and Health Psychology (ASP) research group
Popular Music Research Unit (PMRU)
Research grants and awards
Lonsdale, A.J. (OCSLD - Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellowship (BTEF) - £4,120). How best to organise a student journal? A feasibility study to explore the practical, ethical, administrative, academic and legal implications of setting up an open-access online journal to publish the work of psychology students studying at Oxford Brookes. Awarded September 2020.
Lonsdale, A.J. (Oxford Brookes University Teaching and Learning Project (TLP) - £2,200). Predicting academic success at university: How early can you predict the academic performance of undergraduate psychology students? Awarded January 2019.
Lonsdale, A.J. (Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development – Research Awards Scheme - £1,250). What factors predict student performance on their undergraduate research project? A multiple cohort study. Awarded October 2018.
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.