Dr. Timo Fischinger

Research Focus

  • Aesthetic hotspots in music
  • Strong experiences with music and development of musical taste
  • Cross-cultural investigation of cognitive foundation and perception of rhythm
  • Intonation and timing of (vocal) ensembles
  • Music memory

 

 

 

Vita

Academic Education

2008Doctor of Philosophy in Systematic Musicology
2004Staatsexamen in Music
2000-2004Studies in Systematic Musicology, University of Hamburg
1997-2004Studies in Music, Hamburg University of Music and Drama, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
1994-1997Studies in Sociology, Education, and Sport Science, University of Hamburg

Career

Since 2013Post-Doc, Music Department, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
2013-2014Visiting Professor (Junior Professorship), Institute of Musicology and Media Research, Humboldt University Berlin
2013Offer for a Junior Professorship in Systematic Musicology, Institute for Musicology and Media Research, Humboldt University Berlin
2012-2013Lecturer (Music Psychology and Music Sociology), Cologne University of Music and Dance
2009Post-Doc, BMBF research project “BEGIn”, University of Bielefeld
2007-2013Lecturer (Music Psychology), Local Education Authority Hessen
2005-2013Research associate in Systematic Musicology, University of Kassel
2005-2007Project manager, joint project “MUTOR”, Hamburg University of Music and Drama, Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) at the University of California Berkeley, and Northeastern University Boston
2001-2006Radio producer and editorial assistant for classical music at the Broadcasting Corporation for Northern Germany (NDR-Kultur)

Publications

Monograph

Fischinger, T. (2009). Zur Psychologie des Rhythmus – Präzision und Synchronisation bei Schlagzeugern. Kassel: University Press.

Editorial Work

Guest Editor (2015): Special Issue on Rhythm Production and Perception. Timing & Time Perception, 3 (1&2).

Guest Editor (2013): Special Issue on Replication in Music Psychology. Musicae Scientiae, 17 (3).

Journal Articles and Book Sections

Fischinger, T. & Mencke, I. (in press). Some Psychological Mechanisms and Constraints for the Perception and Cognition of Time and Rhythm. In H. Neuhoff & R. Polak (Eds.). Musical Meter in Comparative Perspective Theoretical Discourse and Case Studies from Various Cultures. Bergheim: Dohr.

Elvers, P., Fischinger, T. & Steffens, S. (2017). Music listening as self-enhancement: Effects of empowering music on explicit and implicit momentary self-esteem. Psychology of Music. First published online: June 3, 2017. doi: 10.1177/0305735617707354

Neuhoff, H., Polak, R., & Fischinger, T. (2017). Perception and Evaluation of Timing Patterns in Drum Ensemble Music from Mali. Music Perception, 34(4), 438–451. doi: 10.1525/mp.2017.34.4.438

Greb, F., Elvers, P. & Fischinger, T. (2017). Trends in Empirical Aesthetics: A Review of the Journal Empirical Studies of the Arts from 1983 to 2014. Empirical Studies of the Arts, 35(1), 3-26. doi:10.1177/0276237415625258

Fischinger, T., Frieler, K. & Louhivuori, J. (2015). Influence of Virtual Room Acoustics on Choir Singing. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 25 (3), 208-218.

Elvers, P., Omigie, D., Fuhrmann, W. & Fischinger, T. (2015). Exploring the musical taste of expert listeners: Musicology students reveal tendency toward omnivorous taste. Frontiers in Psychology - Cognition, 6, 1252.

Elliott, M. T. & Fischinger, T. (2015). Editorial of the Special Issue on Rhythm Production and Perception. Timing & Time Perception, 3 (1&2), 1-2.

Fischinger, T. (2013). Guest editorial: Preface by the Guest Editor of the Special Issue: Replication in Music Psychology. Musicae Scientiae, 17 (3), 263-264.

Frieler, K., Müllensiefen, D., Fischinger, T., Schlemmer, K., Jakubowski, K. & Lothwesen, K. (2013). Replication in Music Psychology. Musicae Scientiae, 17 (3), 265-276.

Frieler, K., Fischinger, T., Schlemmer, K., Jakubowski, K., Müllensiefen, D. & Lothwesen, K. (2013). Absolute Memory for Pitch: A Comparative Replication of Levitin’s 1994 Study in Six European Labs. Musicae Scientiae, 17 (3), 334-349.

Fischinger, T. (2011). An integrative dual-route model of rhythm perception and production. Musicae Scientiae, 15 (1), 97-105.

Fischinger, T. & Hemming, J. (2011). Wie singe ich im Chor? - Intonations- und Timingmessungen in Vokalensembles. In: T. Greuel, U. Kranefeld & E. Szczepaniak (Hrsg.) Singen und Lernen (S. 45-58). Aachen: Shaker.

Fischinger, T. (2011). Kommentar zu Klaus-Ernst Behne: „Musikalische Konzepte – Zur Schicht- und Altersspezifität Musikalischer Präferenzen“, Aus: E. Kraus (1975) Forschung in der Musikerziehung (S. 35-61). Mainz: Schott. In: Auhagen, W., Busch, V. & Hemming, J. (Hrsg.) Kompendium Systematische Musikwissenschaft (S. 230-238). Laaber: Laaber.

Busch, V. & Fischinger, T. (2010). Musikpsychologische Perspektiven auf Rhythmus. Musiktherapeutische Umschau, 31 (3), 298-316.

Fischinger, T. (2010). High-precision timing control: The secrets of expert drumming. In: R. Bader, C. Neuhaus & U. Morgenstern, (Eds.) Concepts, Experiments, and Fieldwork: Studies in Systematic Musicology and Ethnomusicology (pp. 261-277). Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang.

Konsortium des JeKi-Forschungsschwerpunkts (2010). Der BMBF-Forschungsschwerpunkt zu "Jedem Kind ein Instrument” in Nordrhein-Westfalen und Hamburg. In: N. Knolle (Hrsg.) Evaluationsforschung in der Musikpädagogik. Musikpädagogische Forschung,31, (S. 275-304). Essen: Die Blaue Eule.

Fischinger, T. & Kopiez, R. (2008). Wirkungsphänomene des Rhythmus. In: Bruhn, H., Kopiez, R. & Lehmann, A. (Hrsg.) Musikpsychologie. Das neue Handbuch (S. 458-475). Reinbek: Rowohlt.

Fischinger, T. (2007). Musik als Spiel. Anthropologisch-pädagogische Reflexionen. In: Heister, H.-W. (Hrsg.) Mimetische Zeremonie - Musik als Spiel, Ritual, Kunst (S. 71-92). Berlin: Weidler.

Conference Papers (peer-reviewed)

Fischinger, T., Kaufmann, M., & Schlotz, W. (2016). Influence of Information: How Different Modes of Writing about Music Shape Music Appreciation Processes. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), San Francisco.

Fischinger, T. (2016). Rhythm as Gestalt. Proceedings of the international conference on Making Time in Music at the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford.

Elvers, P., Fischinger, T. & Steffens, J. (2015). Musikhören als Selbst-Regulation: Musikinduzierte Manipulationen des Selbstwertgefühls. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Oldenburg.

Fischinger, T., Frieler, K. & Louhivuori, J. (2015). Choir acoustics: An empirical case study on the influence of reverberation during choir singing. Proceedings of the9th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), Manchester.

Elvers, P., Fischinger, T. & Steffens, J. (2015). Listening to empowering music: Music-induced manipulations of self-esteem. Proceedings of the9th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), Manchester.

Fischinger, T., Polak, R., London, J. & Neuhoff, H. (2015). Perception of Metric Timing Patterns in Malian Jembe-Music. Proceedings of the15th Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop (RPPW), Amsterdam.

Elvers, P., Fuhrmann, W. & Fischinger, T. (2014). Musical Preferences of Musicology Students. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Seoul.

Neuhoff, H., Polak, R. & Fischinger, T. (2014). Perception of Metric Timing Patterns in Malian Jembe-Music. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Seoul.

Greb, F., Elvers, P. & Fischinger, T. (2014). Trends in Empirical Aesthetics: A Review of the Journal of Empirical Studies of the Arts with Emphasis on Music-Related Papers. Proceedings of the International Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), New York City.

Neuhoff, H., Polak, R., London, J. & Fischinger, T. (2014). Aesthetic Evaluation of Metric Timing Patterns in Malian Jembe-Music. Proceedings of the International Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), New York City.

Abecasis, D., Fischinger, T., Kleinmintz, O.M. & Shamay-Tsoory, S.G. (2014). On the neurobiological foundations of rhythm production: An fMRI study on sensory-motor timing control among musicians. Proceedings of the Neuroscience and Music V – Cognitive Stimulation and Rehabilitation, Dijon.

Fischinger T (2013). Timing and synchronisation of professional musicians: A comparison between orchestral brass and string players. Front. Hum. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: 14th Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop (RPPW), Birmingham.

Fischinger, T. (2012). Symposium: Replication and ‘truth’ in music psychology. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Thessaloniki.

Schlemmer, K. B., Fischinger, T., Frieler, K., Müllensiefen, D., Lothwesen, K. S. & Jakubowski, K. (2012). Absolute memory for music: Comparative replication studies of the "Levitin effect" in six European laboratories. Proceedings of the12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Thessaloniki.

Stoklasa, J., Liebermann, C. & Fischinger, T. (2012). Timing and synchronization of professional musicians: A comparison between orchestral brass and string players. Proceedings of the12th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Thessaloniki.

Fischinger, T. (2010). Zu den Methoden empirischer Musikforschung – Eine kritische Bestandsaufnahme. Fachgruppentagung Systematische Musikwissenschaft der Gesellschaft für Musikforschung (GfM), Berlin.

Fischinger, T. (2010). Wie singe ich im Chor? - Individuelle Intonations- und Timingmessungen in Vokalensembles. Symposium der Gesellschaft für Musikpädagogik (GMP) zu „Singen und Lernen – Annäherungen an die Perspektive des Schülers“, Rostock.

Fischinger, T. (2009). An integrative dual-route model of rhythm perception and production. Proceedings of the7th Triennial Conference of European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM), Jyväskylä, Finnland.

Carôt, A., Werner, C. & Fischinger, T. (2009). Towards a comprehensive cognitive analysis of delay-influenced musical interaction. Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Montreal, Canada.

Fischinger, T. (2008). Das Zwei-Wege-Modell der Rhythmusverarbeitung. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Hannover.

Fischer, T. & Nusseck, M. (2006). Anticipatory behaviour in music: Towards a new approach to musical synchronization. Proceedings of the9th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), Bologna.

Fischer, T. & Nusseck, M. (2005). Rhythmische Präzision und die Funktion des Arbeitsgedächtnisses bei Zweitaufgaben. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Würzburg.

Fischer, T. & Nusseck, M. (2005). Anticipatory timing precision in synchronization tapping: A matter of attention. Proceedings of the10th Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop, Bilzen.

Fischinger, T. (2006). MUTOR: The Music Technology Online Repository. Tagungsband zum Multimedia KongressConnecting Media, Hamburg.

Poster

Fischinger, T., Kreutz, G. & Larrouy-Maestri, P. (2016). Solo vs. duet in different virtual rooms: On the consistency of singing quality across conditions. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (ICMPC), San Francisco.

Fischinger, T., Frieler, K. & Louhivuori, J. (2015). Influence of Virtual Room Acoustics on Choir Singing. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Oldenburg.

Elvers, P., Fischinger, T. & Steffens, J. (2015). Do Expert Listeners Prefer Specific Music? Exploring the Musical Taste of Musicology Students. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Oldenburg.

Fischinger, T., Liebermann, C. & Stoklasa, J. (2012). Synchronization and timing of professional musicians: A comparison between orchestral brass and string players. Proceedings of the Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), Mannheim (pp. 87).

Fischinger, T., Kranefeld, U., Nusseck, M. & Rheingans, J. (2009). A longitudinal evaluation study on music education in primary schools. Proceedings of the2nd International Bamberg Summer School in Empirical Education Research on Improving Data Quality in Educational Studies, Bamberg.

Fischinger, T. (2009). An integrative dual-route model of rhythm perception and production. Proceedings of the12th Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop, Lille.

Carôt, A., Werner, C. & Fischinger, T. (2009). Analysis of delay-influenced musical interaction. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Kassel.

Hemming, J. & Fischinger, T. (2008). Intonations- und Timingmessungen an Vokal- und Instrumentalensembles. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Hannover.

Fischer, T., Nusseck, M. & Bruhn, H. (2005). Timing Precision in Synchronization Tapping and Effects of Training. Proceedings of the8th Tübingen Perception Conference,, Tübingen (pp. 61).

Fischer, T., Nusseck, M. & Bruhn, H. (2004). Der Einfluss von Knowledge of Result bei einfachen Synchronisationsaufgaben - Eine Untersuchung mit Lehramtsstudierenden der Universität Flensburg. Tagungsband zurJahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (DGM), Paderborn.

Reviews

Reuter C. (2002). Klangfarbe und Instrumentation. Geschichte - Ursachen - Wirkung. Frankfurt/M: Peter Lang. In W. Auhagen, C. Bullerjahn & H. Höge (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch der deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie (2007), Bd. 19, Göttingen.

Awards & Grants

Grants and Prices

2011 Attendance at the 3rd Annual German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium (GISFOH) in Jerusalem, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2009Young Researcher Award - Honourable Mention der European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)
2001 Scholarship, Academy of Finland, "Pythagoras Summer School in Cognitive Musicology" at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland
1999-2000 Erasmus/Sokrates grant (one year), University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria

Projects

  • „Schöne Stellen“—Beautiful Passages in Music

    If we are asked about music that we especially like or are moved by, and if we then try to describe what this involves, we are very likely to find ourselves using the word “beautiful.” If we wish to very briefly explain our enthusiasm for one or ...

  • Research Trends in Empirical Aesthetics

    This project comprises a systematic examination of scientific journals relevant to empirical aesthetics. Our goal is to identify the development of theories, thematic focal points, and methods used, together with the changes they have undergone over ...

  • Knowledge matters – The Role of Framing Information for Music Appreciation Processes

    In every concert, while listening to a CD, and during a radio broadcast a direct influence is exerted on the music listening and the listener’s aesthetic perspective. Whether we speak of concert-program texts, CD booklets, or a moderator’s ...

  • Cultural Variation in rhythmic prototypes

    While the timing of musical events varies infinitely by physical standards, humans perceive but a small number of rhythmic and metric categories. These building blocks of rhythmic and metric structure are commonly presumed to be tied to prototypical ...

  • Ensemble Synchronisation in West African Percussion Music

    Music and dance are prime examples of the human disposition for intersubjective rhythmic coordination (entrainment). Entrainment enhances the constitution of sociality (cooperation, group cohesion) and the experience of pleasure in contexts far ...

  • Aesthetic evaluation of metric timing patterns in cross-cultural perspective

    Empirical research in non-isochronous (durationally uneven) beat subdivision is currently limited largely to Euro-American musical styles, such as jazz (swing-eighths), French baroque (notes inégales), Viennese waltz and Scandinavian fiddling for ...