Manuela was born in Graz (Austria). She has a multidisciplinary academic background and holds a Master’s degree in English studies and Physics (2005, distinction) as well as a Master's degree in Systematic Musicology (2011, distinction) from the University of Graz (Austria). She also completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology (2009, distinction) at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK). In 2003, Manuela studied one semester at the University of New England (Australia) funded by the Joint Study Program. Manuela worked as teaching assistant for Prof. Annemarie Peltzer-Karpf (Graz, 2006-2008), as student assistant for Prof. Richard Parncutt (Graz, 2006-2008), and as graduate research assistant for Prof. Stephen McAdams (Montreal, 2008) as well as for Prof. Lauren Stewart (London, 2010). She is currently pursuing a PhD in Experimental Psychology with Prof. Helmut Leder at the University of Vienna (Austria) and working at the Department of Psychology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Manuela is a co-founder of the conference series "International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus)".


Ad hoc reviewer

  • since 2010 for: Acta Musicologica; Advances in Cognitive Psychology; Art & Perception; Cognition; Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience; Empirical Studies of the Arts; Frontiers in Psychology; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering; Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa; Music Perception; Music & Science; Musicae Scientiae; Neurocase; Neuropsychologia; New Ideas in Psychology; North American Journal of Medical Sciences; PeerJ; PlosOne; Psychological Bulletin; Psychology of Music; Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts; Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain; Research Studies in Music Education; Scientific Reports; Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology; Yonsei Medical Journal

Further training

  • 2004-2010. Communication skills, decision making, conflict management, gender competence, leadership in teams (15 ECTS points, Centre for Social Competence, University of Graz, Austria)
  • 2012-2016. Time management & goal setting, media training, voice coaching, advanced communication skills, networking (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • 2013-2016. Photoshop, AMOS, Matlab, R (University of Vienna, Austria)
  • 2016- ongoing. Course planning, performance evaluation; moderation techniques; law for academics teaching at universities; project application techniques; science communication (University of Innsbruck, Austria)
  • 2014. Summer school "Perceptual organization: Interdisciplinary approaches and research skills" (KU Leuven, Belgium) Link
  • 2015. Summer school "Cognitive Neuroscience" (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • 2016. Workshop "How:EEG" (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Professional society memberships

  • DGM (German Society for Music Psychology)
  • ÖGMW (Austrian Society for Musicology)
  • GfM (Gesellschaft für Musikforschung)
  • ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music)
  • IAEA (International Association of Empirical Aesthetics)
  • SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research)
  • SMPC (Society for Music Perception and Cognition)

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