Thijs Vroegh

Research Focus

  • Music and Altered States of Consciousness (Emotion, Absorption, Flow)
  • Aesthetic Modeling
  • Phenomenology
  • Empirical Aesthetics
  • Music Psychology
  • Psychology of Art Appreciation, Audience and Reception Studies




Academic Education

2007-2009Research Master Musicology at Utrecht University (cum laude)
03-08/2008Erasmus study period at Humboldt University Berlin
2004-2007Bachelor Musicology at Utrecht University
1994-2000Master of Science in Agricultural Economics at Wageningen University, specialization in consumer behavior and marketing research. Completed 03/2000


Since 12/2013PhD candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Music Department, Frankfurt/M.


Vroegh, T.P. (Forthcoming). Music that Feels Like Telling a Story: Is Musical Narrativization Based on the Perception of Intentional Motion?

Vroegh, T.P. (2014). Aesthetic Absorption in Music: Exploring Subjective Experiences using Qualitative Research. In A. Kozbelt (Ed.), Proceedings of the Twenty-third Biennial Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (pp. 615-617). New York, New York University

Vroegh, T.P. (2012). Transported to Narrative Worlds: The Effects of A Narrative Mode of Listening on Music Perception. In E. Cambouropoulos, C. Tsougras, P. Mavromatis & K. Pastiadis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th ICMPC/ 8th ESCOM Conference (pp. 1104-1105) – Thessaloniki: Aristotle Universität of Thessaloniki.

Vroegh, T.P. (2009). Paintings in Narrative Motion: A Comparative Approach to Musical and Cinematic Transpositions of Visual Art and Some Suggestions for Cognitive Narratological Analysis. Unpublished MPhil. Thesis, Utrecht University

Vroegh, T.P. (2007). Expression and Generation of Affect by Means of Musical References [In Dutch], verfügbar unter ‘De Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis’ (KVNM).

Verlegh, P.W.J., Althuizen, N.A.P., & Vroegh, T.P. (1999). Country stereotypes: Cognition, Affect and Product Judgment. In L. Hildebrandt, D. Annacker & D. Klapper (Eds.), Marketing and Competition in the Information Age: Proceedings of the 28th EMAC Conference (pp. 27-42). Berlin: Humboldt Universität.

Althuizen, N.A.P. & Vroegh, T.P. (1999). The Role of a Product's Country of Origin in the Attitude Formation towards a Product. Unpublished MSc. Thesis, Wageningen Universität


  • Aesthetic Absorption

    Aesthetic Absorption – An Empirical Study of the Role of Absorption in the Aesthetic Experience and Appreciation of MusicIn the context of the reception of art, absorption denotes a psychological condition characterized by moments of intense ...

  • Absorption and Attention while Experiencing Music

    What Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel describes in his Lectures on Aesthetics (1835-38), is often referred to as absorption in the context of musical reception. In the framework of differential psychology, absorptive capacity is considered a ...