Teaching and Research in the field of “Applied Psychology“
In the Music and Research Institute (MUF) the field “Applied Psychology” concentrates on research and teaching in psychology and related sciences.
Research activities are concerned with concrete case-related problem definition of artistic practice on the one hand, and basic scientific legitimacy of artistic study and teaching on the other. The underlying research paradigm is quantitative and empirical, and has a strongly experimental and statistical profile. Assisted by analytical techniques and other quantitative procedures experimental physiological and psychological data is collected with the object of detecting legitimacy, and being able to offer case-related individual support.
Teaching concentrates on bringing students closer to elementary psychological relationships and mechanisms in artistic teaching and learning processes, as well as in practice. Students should acquire the ability to make use of the basic knowledge of psychology and psychological support, and be able to pass this knowledge on.
The main activity in the field of „Applied Psychology“ focuses on case-related applied research in Biofeedback, Neurofeedback and QEEG. In so doing we try to offer individual solutions for problems in artistic practice as well as teaching and learning, through statistical data analysis. QEEG is given special attention, and is used by means of a norm data base comparison as an assessment instrument for various problems, and as a basis for Neurofeedback training.
Emphasis is also put on the development of online research (“virtual lab”), which is currently being implemented and tested. Online research projects enable research processes to be extremely flexible in terms of time and location, and offer great advantages in respect of sample size and statistical evaluation. Carrying out basic research in applied psychology is also simplified.
It goes without saying that we have close research co-operation with other universities, and collaborate with external research institutions from science and industry.