Iris Mencke

Research Focus

  • Aesthetic experience in contemporary classical music
  • Electrophysiological correlates and neural substrates of musical expectancy and musical pleasure
  • Music perception


Academic Education


M.A. Musicology, Humboldt-University, Berlin
Thesis title: Expecting the Unexpected – Approaches to a Theory about the Musical Pleasure of Serial Music

2015-2016 Placement Student at Music Mind and Brain group, Goldsmiths, University of London

B.A. German studies / Musicology, University of Potsdam


Since 2016 PHD Candidate , Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department


Mencke, I., Omigie, D., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., & Brattico, E. (2019). Atonal Music: Can Uncertainty Lead to Pleasure? Frontiers in Neuroscience, 12, 979.

Fischinger, T. & Mencke, I. (forthcoming). Some Psychological Constraints and Mechanisms 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. Köln: Dohr.


Awards & Grants

Awards & Grants


20176 months travel grant of the Graduate School of Health, Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University  
2016Research Training Supplement of the Graduate School of Health Science (Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark) [abgelehnt]  


Promos-Stipendium des DAAD for research stay at Goldsmiths, University of London



DAAD stipend for research stay in Milano, Italy