My research is primarily about musical activities and social bonding, and the positive effects this can have for health and wellbeing. I am an interdisciplinary academic, having completed degrees in Human Sciences (BSc) at University College London in 2005, and Brain and Mind Sciences (MSc) at University College London and École Normale Supérieure in 2009, before studying my PhD in a Music Psychology group at the University of Western Sydney (2009-2012). Following my PhD I spent three years as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford, working on projects related to the evolution of social behaviour, and started as a lecturer at Brunel University in 2016.
I am module convenor for Music Psychology (PY3611)
Newest selected publications
Tarr, B., Launay, J., Benson, C. and Dunbar, RIM. (2017) 'Naltrexone Blocks Endorphins Released when Dancing in Synchrony'. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 3 (3). pp. 241 - 254.Open Access Link
Dunbar, RIM., Launay, J., Wlodarski, R., Robertson, C., Pearce, E., Carney, J. and (2016) 'Functional Benefits of (Modest) Alcohol Consumption'. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 3 (2). pp. 118 - 133. ISSN: 2198-7335 Open Access Linket al.
Pearce, E., Mac Carron, P., Launay, J. and Dunbar, RIM. (2016) 'Tuning in to others: Exploring relational and collective bonding in singing and non-singing groups over time'. Psychology of Music, 45 (4). pp. 496 - 512. ISSN: 1741-3087 Open Access Link
Tarr, B., Launay, J. and Dunbar, RIM. (2016) 'Silent disco: dancing in synchrony leads to elevated pain thresholds and social closeness'. Evolution and Human Behavior, 37 (5). pp. 343 - 349. ISSN: 1090-5138 Open Access Link
Launay, J., Tarr, B. and Dunbar, RIM. (2016) 'Synchrony as an adaptive mechanism for large-scale human social bonding'. Ethology, 122 (10). pp. 779 - 789. ISSN: 1439-0310 Open Access Link