Dr. 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. (2018). The pleasures of getting into the music: Absorption, and its role in the aesthetic appreciation of music. (Dissertation). Retrieved from http://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/47549

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 Unpublished MPhil.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 dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/36023

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 ...