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.K, Warrenburg, L. A., Howlin, C., Randall, W. M., Hansen, N. C., & Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2021). Viral Tunes: changes in musical behaviours and interest in coronamusic predict socio-emotional coping during COVID-19 lockdown. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications 8:180. https://doi.org/10.1057/s41599-021-00858-y

Merrill, J., Czepiel, A., Fink, L. T., Toelle, J., & Wald-Fuhrmann, M. (2021). The Aesthetic Experience of Live Concerts: Self-Reports and Psychophysiology. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1037/aca0000390

Sharma, N., Krishnamohan, V., Ganapathy, S., Gangopadhayay, A. & Fink, L. (2020). Acoustic and linguistic features influence talker change detection. J. Acoust. Soc. Amer. Express Letters 147(5). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0002462.

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

Neuroscience Graduate Group Fellowship, Univ. California, Davis

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


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