Dr. Diana Omigie

Research Focus

  • Neuropsychology of music perception, production and emotions.

  • Electrophysiological correlates and neural substrates of musical expectancy and emotions

  • Experience of musical beauty.

  • Musical taste


Omigie, D., Dellacherie, D., & Samson, S. (2017). Effects of learning processes on dissonance judgments. Journal of interdisciplinary music studies, 8 (1-2), 11-28. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2009.06.016.

Omigie, D (2017). Deconstructing dissonance: The multifaceted role of learning. Journal of interdisciplinary music studies, 8, 36-39

Rosenow, F., van Alphen, N., Becker, A., Chiocchetti, A., Deichmann, R et al. (2017). Personalized translational epilepsy research—Novel approaches and future perspectives: Part I: Clinical and network analysis approaches. Epilepsy & Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.06.041

Bauer, S., van Alphen, N., Becker, A., Chiocchetti, A., Deichmann, R., et al., (2017). Personalized translational epilepsy research—Novel approaches and future perspectives: Part II: Experimental and translational approaches. Epilepsy & Behavior. doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.06.040

El Haj, M., Omigie, D, Samson, S. (2015). Destination memory and familiarity: better memory for conversations with Elvis Presley than with unknown people. Aging clinical experimental research, 27, 337-344. doi: 10.1007/s40520-014-0286-z

Omigie, D. (2016). Basic, specific, mechanistic? Conceptualising musical emotions in the brain. Journal of Comparative Neurology 8, (524). DOI: 10.1002/cne.23854

Omigie, D. (2015). Music and literature: Are there shared empathy and predictive mechanisms underlying their affective impact? Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 6 (1250). doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01250

Omigie, D. (2015). Dopamine and epistemic curiosity inm music listening. Cognitive Neuroscience (6) 222-224. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2015.1051013

Omigie, D., Dellacherie, D., Hasboun, D., Clément, S., Baulac, M., Adam, C., Samson, S. (2015). Intracranial markers of emotional valence processing and judgments in music. Cognitive Neuroscience, 6, 16-23. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2014.988131

, D., Dellacherie, D., Hasboun, D., George, N., Clement, S., Baulac, M., Adam, C. & Samson, S. ( 2014). An Intracranial EEG Study of the Neural Dynamics of Musical Valence Processing. Cerebral Cortex. 25 (11) 4038-47 doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu118

Omigie, D., Samson, S. (2014). A protective effect of musical expertise on cognitive outcome following brain damage? Neuropsychology Review. 24, 445-460. doi: 10.1007/s11065-014-9274-5

El Haj, M., Omigie, D., & Moroni, C. (2014). Time reproduction during high and low attentional tasks in Alzheimer's Disease "A watched kettle never boils". Brain and Cognition, 88, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.04.002

El Haj, M., Omigie, D., Clément, S. (2014). Music causes deterioration of source memory: evidence from normal ageing. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 67  (12), 2381-2391. doi: 10.1080/17470218.2014.929719

Ticini, L.F. & Omigie, D. (2013). Why do we like what we like? When information flow matters. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 731.

 doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00731

Omigie, D., Pearce, M.T., Williamson, V.J. & Stewart, L. (2013). Electrophysiological correlates of melodic processing in congenital amusia. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1749-1762.

 doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.05.010

Omigie, D., Mullensiefen, D. & Stewart, L. (2012). The experience of music in amusia. Music Perception, 30 (1), 1-18.

 doi: 10.1525/mp.2012.30.1.1

Omigie, D., Pearce, M.T., & Stewart, L. (2012). Tracking of pitch probabilities in congenital amusia. Neuropsychologia, 50, 1483-93.

Omigie, D. & Stewart, L. (2011). Preserved statistical learning of tonal and linguistic material in congenital amusia. Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, 2, 109.

 doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00109

Dakin, S.C., & Omigie, D. (2009). Psychophysical evidence for a non-linear representation of facial identity. Vision Research, 49, 2285-2296. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.06.016


Academic Education

2012Visiting Studentships in New York University, USA and Neurospin, INSERM France
2009-2012PhD in Psychology. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
2008-2009MSc Research Methods in Psychology. Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
2004-2007BSc Neuroscience. University College London, UK


2017-2018Visiting lecturer/Director of MSc in Music, Mind and Brain Goldsmiths, University of London
Since 2017Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany
Since 2014Postdoc at Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Germany
2013-2014Joint Postdoc at the Brain and Spine Institute Paris & Univeristy of Lille, France