During the pandemic, we wanted to understand the role of music in helping people to cope with the first lockdown (~ April 2020).


Read our paper in Nature Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.

In short, we found that:

During the COVID-19 lockdown, people turned to music for regulating their emotions.

People experiencing different degrees of emotional changes showed different patterns of musical engagement.

Listening to music vs. making music may provide different coping potentials.

“Coronamusic” played a key role in socio-emotional coping.

All code and figures related to the project can be found on our Github page: https://github.com/lkfink/CMQ.



You can watch a short conference talk about the project, presented by co-first author Lindsay Warrenburg here.



You can learn more about an international research network related to music and COVID here

Forbes: Coronamusic gives people a sense of belonging.

Nachrichten: Music in the time of Corona

RTE: Viral tunes: how we used music to get through the pandemic

Deutschlandfunk Nova: Musikhören hilft im Lockdown

SRF: Wie Musik uns durch den Lockdown brachte

t-online: Gegen diese Folgen der Pandemie hilft Musik

NTV: Musik hilft durch Krisenzeiten