Chris’s research interests are focused around the social psychology of music, aiming to better understand how people use music in social contexts. In particular, Chris is exploring how music is used by people to help negotiate ‘transformative experiences’ in their lives. Such experiences change people’s sense of who they are in a deep and personally fundamental way, experiences whose effect could not have been fully appreciated in advance. Chris is using interviews and qualitative data analysis to explore the role music has played in helping young adults develop their sense of self. The theoretical background Chris is using combines theories of the self from social psychology, socio-cultural approaches and sociology.
Research group membership
Chris is a member of the Applied Social and Health Psychology group at Oxford Brookes University.