Paul Elvers

Research Focus

  • motivational effects of music
  • social cognition of music
  • music aesthetics & taste
  • musical subjectivity

 

Paul Elvers is an interdisciplinary music researcher, who works at the intersection of musicology, psychology, and aesthetics.

In his dissertation Paul Elvers investigates music listening as a form of »self-enhancement«. The aim of the project is to gain a deeper understanding of the motivational function of music listening and how listening to music influences  self-esteem and self-confidence.

Another research project is concerned with musical taste. Together with other researchers at the MPI the role of musical expertise for the development of musical taste was examined. The findings were published here.

Paul Elvers holds the position of the »Open Access Ambassador« of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics. The responsibilities for this position encompass the encouragement, consultancy, and support of open-access-publishing in the Institute.

Vita

Academic Education

2016

 

10.2013-05.2017

2012

Recognised student, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Doctoral candidate, Max Planck Institute for Emprical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Magister Artium (M.A.), »with distinction«, University of Hamburg, Germany

Systematic Musicology (major), Philosophy (minor), Historical Musicology (minor)

Career

From 11.2017

From 10.2017

10.2013-10.2017

Research Fellow, Institute for Systematic Musiclogy, University of Hamburg, Germany

Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

2013-2014Assistant Lecturer, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

Publications

Journal articles and book sections

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

Elvers, P. (2016). Zum Verhältnis von Musik und Sprache in der griechischen Antike. Rhetorik, 35(1), pp. 9-24. doi:10.1515/rhet.2016.003

Elvers, P. (2016). Songs for the Ego: Theorizing Musical Self-Enhancement. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00002 

Greb, F., Elvers, P., & Fischinger, T. (2016). Trends in Empirical Aesthetics: A Review of the Journal »Empirical Studies of the Arts« from 1983 to 2014. Empirical Studies of the Arts. doi: 10.1177/0276237415625258

Elvers, P., Omigie, D., Fuhrmann, W., & Fischinger, T. (2015). Exploring the musical taste of expert listeners: musicology students reveal tendency toward omnivorous taste. Front Psychol, 6. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01252

Elvers, P. (2015). Zwischen Philosophie und Naturwissenschaft: Entwicklungsschritte einer interdisziplinären Erkenntnistheorie. In F. Benseler, B. Blanck, R. Keil, & W. Loh (Eds.), Erwägen Wissen Ethik (Vol. 26, pp. 28-30). Paderborn: Lucius Verlag.

Elvers, P. (2013). Carl Stumpf über den empirischen Ursprung des Substanzbegriffs. In M. Kaiser-el-Safti & E. Aschermann (Eds.), Gestalt und Gestaltung in interdisziplinärer Perspektive (pp. 109-124). Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang.

Elvers, P. (2012). Carl Stumpfs Aristoteles-Rezeption. In G. Rötter & M. Ebeling (Eds.), Hören und Fühlen (pp. 183-200). Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang.

Bader, R., Dietz, M. K., Elvers, P., Elias, M., & Tolkien, N. (2009). Foundation of a Syllogistic Music Theory. In R. Bader (Ed.), Musical Acoustics, Neurocognition and Psychology of Music. Frankfurt a. M.: Peter Lang.

Conference Proceedings

Elvers, P., Fischinger, T., & Steffens, J. (2015). Listening to empowering music - Music induced manipulations of self-esteem. Ninth Triennal Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Manchester, UK.

Elvers, P., Fischinger, T., & Steffens, J. (2015). Musikhören als Selbstregulation: Musikinduzierte Manipulationen des Selbstwertgefühls. Musik und Wohlbefinden. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie, Institut für Musik, Oldenburg.

Elvers, P., Fuhrmann, W., & Fischinger, T. (2014). Musical Preferences of Musicology Students. The 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition And the 5th Conference for the Asian-Pacific Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music, Yonsei University, Seoul, Südkorea.

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 23rd Biennal Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, Hunter College, New York, USA.

Elvers, P. (2013). Ethos & Mimesis - Aristoteles über die affektive Wirkung musikalischer Subjektivität. Musiktheorie und Ästhetik - 13. Jahreskongress der Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.

Publications in Encyclopedias

Elvers, P. (2017). Aristides Quintilianus, De musica. In U. Scheideler & F. Wörner (Eds.), Lexikon Schriften über Musik. Band 1: Musiktheorie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Kassel/Stutgart: Bärenreiter/Metzer.

Elvers, P. (2017). Aristoxenos, Elementa harmonica. In U. Scheideler & F. Wörner (Eds.), Lexikon Schriften über Musik. Band 1: Musiktheorie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Kassel/Stutgart: Bärenreiter/Metzer.

Elvers, P. (2017). Nikomachos, Enchiridion. In U. Scheideler & F. Wörner (Eds.), LLexikon Schriften über Musik. Band 1: Musiktheorie von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart. Kassel/Stutgart: Bärenreiter/Metzer.

Conference Report

Elvers, P. & Greb, F. (in press). The 13th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition And the 5th Conference for the Asian-Pacific Society for Cognitive Sciences of Music, 4.-8. August 2014. In Auhagen W., Bullerjahn C., Höge H. (Hrsg.), Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Musikpsychologie, Band 24.

Awards & Grants

 

Awards & Grants

2016

»Best Poster Prize«, second place,  XXIV. Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), University of Vienna

2014

 

Robert-Francés-Award (co-author), "Trends in Emprical Aesthetics: A Review of the Journal of Empirical Studies of the Arts with Emphasis on Music-Related Papers", XXIII. Conference of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (IAEA), Hunter College, NY
2010Carl H. Ditze-Foundation-Fellowship, University of Hamburg, Germany

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