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John Sloboda (born 13 June 1950) was Executive Director of the Oxford Research Group, an NGO that seeks to develop non-violent approaches to national and international security issues, from 2005-2009. He is currently Co-Director of ORG's Every Casualty programme. He is also one of the founders of the Iraq Body Count Project.
He was Professor of Psychology at Keele University, UK until 2008, where he now has emeritus status. His academic work has been in music psychology - a subdiscipline which draws together psychologists, neuroscientists and academic musicians. His research interests have focused on the psychological aspects of the study of music performance, the emotional response to music, the functions of music in everyday life, and learning and skill acquisition in music. More recently, he has researched the changing nature of the British anti-war movement. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy where he is a dual member of both the Psychology and History of Music sections. Sloboda was formerly a local representative and teacher of Re-evaluation Counseling in the UK. In 2009 he joined the part-time staff of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama as Research Professor, where he currently directs their Understanding Audiences research programme.
From 1975 to 1995 he was the founding Director of the Keele Bach Choir, a "town and gown" choir based on the Keele University campus. He is also a Patron of Spode Music Week, an annual residential Music school that places particular emphasis on the music of the Roman Catholic liturgy.
- Acquisition of Symbolic Skills (Proceedings of a NATO Human Factors Programme Conference, Keele, July 1982). New York: Plenum Press Inc., 1983. pp 623. (Editor, with Don Rogers)
- The Musical Mind: The Cognitive Psychology of Music. Oxford University Press, 1985. pp 291.
- Cognitive Processes in Mathematics. (Selected and edited papers from the first International Keele Cognition Seminar, March 1985). Oxford University Press, 1987. (Editor, with Don Rogers)
- Generative Processes in Music: the Psychology of Composition, Performance, and Improvisation. (Ed.) London: Oxford University Press, 1988. (Editor)
- Cognition and Social Worlds. (selected and edited papers from the second International Keele Cognition Seminar, March 1987). London: Oxford University Press, 1989 (Editor, with Angus Gellatly and Don Rogers)
- Musical Perceptions. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. pp 290 (with Rita Aiello)
- The Origins and Development of Musical Competence. London: Oxford University Press/ Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1995. (Editor, with Irene Deliege)
- Perception and Cognition of Music. Psychologists Press, 1997 (Editor, with Irene Deliege)
- Music and Emotion: Theory and Research. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. Pp 487 (Editor, with Patrik N Juslin)
- Exploring the Musical Mind: Cognition: Emotion: Ability: Function. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Beyond Terror: The Truth About the Real Threats to Our World. London: Rider. (with Chris Abbott and Paul Rogers)
- Psychology for Practicing Musicians: Understanding and Acquiring the Skills. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. (with Andreas C Lehmann and Robert W Woody).
- Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 975pp. (Editor, with Patrik N Juslin)
- John A. Sloboda (Guildhall School of Music & Drama)
- Oxford Research Group
- John Sloboda on himself
- Scholarly citations
- Personal web page