Dr. Lauren Fink


Research Focus

Using physiological data (e.g. eye-tracking, EEG) to:

  • predict listeners’ subjective evaluation or experience of music
  • inform computational models of temporal attention, salience, and entrainment
  • decode what someone is listening to



2014 - 2019PhD in Neuroscience, University of California, Davis, (USA)
2013 - 2014M.Phil in Music Studies, University of Cambridge (UK)
2009 - 2013BM in Percussion Performance, summa cum laude, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (USA)


Seit 2020

Post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany



Fink, L., Warrenburg, L. A., Howlin, C., Randall, W. M., Hansen, N. C., & Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2021, January 9). Viral Tunes: Changes in musical behaviours and interest in coronamusic predict socio-emotional coping during COVID-19 lockdown (preprint). PsyArXiv. doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/7mg2v

Fink, L., Lange, E., & Groner, R. (2019). The application of eye-tracking in music research. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 11(2): 1. DOI: 10.16910 / jemr.11.2.1

Fink, L., Hurley, B., Geng, J. & Janata, P. (2018). A linear oscillator model predicts dynamic temporal attention and pupillary entrainment to rhythmic musical patterns. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 11(2):12. DOI: 10.16910/jemr.11.2.12

Hurley, B., Fink, L., & Janata, P. (2018). Mapping the dynamic allocation of attention in musical patterns. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 44(11), 1694-1711. DOI: 10.1037/xhp0000563

Fink, L. (2017). Chance operations in neuroscience. In Lane, J. and L. Fink (Eds.), Allen Otte Folio, pp. 17-20.

Fink, L. (2016). The Greatest. Pulse Special Issue of Ethnomusicology Review/Sounding Board.



Awards & Grants

Awards and Scholarships

2017 - 2019ARCS Foundation Achievement Research Award for College Scientists
2017UC Davis & Humanities Graduate Research Award

UC Davis Diversity Inclusion and Innovation Grant. “SOMA: Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy.” PI: Lauren Fink


Ling-Lie Chau Student Award for Brain Research

2016University of California Music Experience Research Community Initiative: Research Exchange Grant – Univ. California, San Diego
2014 - 2015

Neuroscience Graduate Group Fellowship, Univ. California, Davis

2013 - 2014Cambridge Overseas Trust, Wolfson Cambridge Scholarship, Univ. Cambridge
2013Marshall Scholarship Finalist, Univ. of Cincinnati