Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Dr. Mats Küssner

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

KG 5, Raum 319

Sprechstunde: Mi 14.30–16.00 Uhr (ohne Anmeldung) 

Tel.: +49(0)30–2093–65809

E-Mail: mats.kuessner[at]


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Mats Küssner ist seit Oktober 2015 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrgebiet Transkulturelle Musikwissenschaft und historische Anthropologie der Musik. Zuvor war er Post-Doc im Centre for Performance Science am Royal College of Music. Er promovierte 2014 am King’s College London innerhalb des AHRC geförderten Center for Musical Performance as Creative Practice über das Thema Shape, drawing and gesture: cross-modal mappings of sound and music. Bevor er 2009 einen MSc in Music, Mind and Brain am Goldsmiths College, University of London erhielt, studierte Mats Küssner Psychologie an der Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (2005-07) und an der Universität von Amsterdam (2007/08). 


  • Multimodale Wahrnehmung von Musik
  • Musik und mentale Vorstellung
  • 4E Musikkognition (embodied, embedded, enactive und extended)
  • Musik und Emotion
  • Performance Science


Aktuelle Lehrveranstaltungen
  • WiSe 2022/23

Einführung in die Musikpsychologie (BA Seminar)

Kolloquium Transkulturelle Musikwissenschaft und historische Anthropologie der Musik

  • SoSe 2022

Multimodalität der Musik (MA Seminar)

Quantitative Datenanalyse in der Musikwissenschaft (BA Seminar)




  • Küssner, M. B., & Taruffi, L. (2023). Modalities and causal routes in music-induced mental imagery. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 27(2), 114–115.

  • Deil, J., Markert, N., Normand, P., Kammen, P., *Küssner, M. B., & *Taruffi, L. (2022). Mind-Wandering During Contemporary Live Music: An Exploratory Study. Musicae Scientiae, 10298649221103210. doi: 10.1177/10298649221103210 [*shared senior authorship]

  • Alkaei, Z., & Küssner, M. B. (2021). Taqsīm as a creative musical process in Arabic music. Frontiers in Psychology, 12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.640409

  • Cartwright, P. A., Küssner, M. B., & Williamon, A. (2021). Key Performance Dimensions of the “Well-Tempered Musician”: A Framework for Artist Management. International Journal of Arts Management, 23(2), 18-29.

  • *Küssner, M. B., *Van Dyck, E., Burger, B., Moelants, D., Vansteenkiste, P. (2020). All Eyes On Me: Behaving as Soloist in Duo Performances Leads to Increased Body Movements and Attracts Observers’ Visual Attention. Music Perception, 38(2), 195-213. doi: 10.1525/mp.2020.38.2.195 [*shared first authorship]

  • Harris, I., & Küssner, M. B. (2020). Come on Baby, Light My Fire: Sparking Further Research in Socio-Affective Mechanisms of Music Using Computational Advancements. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.557162

  • Hashim, S., Stewart, L., & Küssner, M. B. (2020). Saccadic Eye-Movements Suppress Visual Mental Imagery and Partly Reduce Emotional Response During Music Listening. Music & Science, 3, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/2059204320959580

  • Schiavio, A., Küssner, M. B., & Williamon, A. (2020). Music teachers' perspectives and experiences of ensemble and learning skills. Frontiers in Psychology, 11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00291

  • Küssner, M. B., & Eerola, T. (2019). The Content and Functions of Vivid and Soothing Visual Imagery during Music Listening: Findings from a Survey Study. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 29(2-3), 90-99. doi: 10.1037/pmu0000238

  • Taruffi, L., & Küssner, M. B. (2019). A Review of Music-Evoked Visual Mental Imagery: Conceptual Issues, Relation to Emotion, and Functional Outcome. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 29(2-3), 62-74. doi: 10.1037/pmu0000226

  • Rudolph, P., & Küssner, M. B. (2018). Visual Figures of Musical Form between Musicological Examination and Auditory Perception based on Morgan's Analysis of the “Tristan” Prelude. Music & Science, 1, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/2059204318794364
  • Taruffi, L., & Küssner, M. B. (2018). The need to consider pluralistic functions of music from a global perspective - Comment on "Physics of mind: experimental confirmations of theoretical predictions" by Felix Schoeller et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 25, 88-89. doi: 10.1016/j.plrev.2018.03.003
  • Küssner, M. B. (2017). Eysenck’s Theory of Personality and the Role of Background Music in Cognitive Task Performance: A Mini-Review of Conflicting Findings and a New Perspective. Frontiers in Psychology, 8:1991. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01991
  • Küssner, M. B., de Groot, A. M. B., Hofman, W. F., Hillen, M. A. (2016). EEG Beta Power but Not Background Music Predicts the Recall Scores in a Foreign-Vocabulary Learning Task. PLoS ONE, 11(8), e0161387. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161387
  • Küssner, M. B. & Leech-Wilkinson, D. (2014). Investigating the influence of musical training on cross-modal correspondences and sensorimotor skills in a real-time drawing paradigm. Psychology of Music, 42(3), 448-469. doi: 10.1177/0305735613482022
  • Küssner, M. B., Tidhar, D., Prior, H. M., & Leech-Wilkinson, D. (2014). Musicians are more consistent: Gestural cross-modal mappings of pitch, loudness and tempo in real-time. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:789. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00789
  • Küssner, M. B. (2013). Music and shape. Literary and Linguistic Computing, 28(3), 472-479. doi: 10.1093/llc/fqs071
  • Noyce, G. L., Küssner, M. B., & Sollich, P. (2013). Quantifying shapes: Mathematical techniques for analysing visual representations of sound and music. Empirical Musicology Review, 8(2), 128-154.
  • Koelsch, S., Skouras, S., Fritz, T., Herrera, P., Bonhage, C., Küssner, M. B., & Jacobs, A. (2013). The roles of superficial amygdala and auditory cortex in music-evoked fear and joy. NeuroImage, 81, 49-60. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.05.008


  • Küssner, M. B., & Orlandatou, K. (2022). Sound-colour synaesthesia and music-induced visual mental imagery: two sides of the same coin? In M. B. Küssner, L. Taruffi, & G. A. Floridou (Eds.), Music and Mental Imagery. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Taruffi, L., & Küssner, M. B. (2022). Visual Mental Imagery, Music, and Emotion: From Academic Discourse to Clinical Applications. In M. B. Küssner, L. Taruffi, & G. A. Floridou (Eds.), Music and Mental Imagery. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Küssner, M. B. (2017). Shape, drawing and gesture: Empirical studies of cross-modality. In D. Leech-Wilkinson & H. M. Prior (Eds.), Music and Shape (pp. 33-56). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Williamon, A., Clark, T., & Küssner, M. B. (2017). Learning in the spotlight: Approaches to self-regulating and profiling performance. In J. Rink, H. Gaunt, & A. Williamon (Eds.), Musicians in the Making: Pathways to Creative Performance (pp. 206-221). New York: Oxford University Press.

  • Küssner, M. B., Aufegger, L., Eiholzer, H., & Williamon, A. (2015). Der „Performance Simulator“: Entwicklung und Evaluation eines Trainingsangebots für Musiker am Royal College of Music. In W. Auhagen, C. Bullerjahn, & R. von Georgi (Eds.), Musikpsychologie – Anwendungsorientierte Forschung (pp. 159-169). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

  • Küssner, M. B. (2013). Shaping music visually. In A. C. Lehmann, A. Jeßulat, & C. Wünsch (Eds.), Kreativität – Struktur und Emotion (pp. 203-209). Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. 


Sonstige Publikationen und Reviews
  • Küssner, M. B. (2017). Why musical emotions are special. In J. Rohlf, T. Replansky, & A. Gårlid (Eds.), Fear Anger Love. CTM Festival 2017 Booklet (pp. 6-11). Berlin: DISK - Initiative Bild & Ton e.V.
  • Küssner, M. B. (2016). Book review: The emotional power of music: Multidisciplinary perspectives on musical arousal, expression, and social control. By Cochrane, T., Fantini, B. & Scherer, K. R. Psychology of Music, 44(4), 910-912. doi: 10.1177/0305735616647604

  • Küssner, M. B. (2013). Review of ‘Kopiez, R., Dressel, J., Lehmann, M., Platz, F. (Hrsg.): Vom Sentographen zur Gänsehautkamera: Entwicklungsgeschichte und Systematik elektronischer Interfaces in der Musikpsychologie. Marburg: Tectum Verlag, 209 pp.’ In W. Auhagen, C. Bullerjahn, & H. Höge (Hrsg.), Musikpsychologie – Interdisziplinäre Ansätze (p. 168-169). Göttingen: Hogrefe.

  • Küssner, M. B. & Migliore, M. (2011). RMA Music and Philosophy Study Group Symposium: ‘What can science tell us about musical meaning?’ RMA Newsletter, 15(1).

  • Jukic, N., Küssner, M. B. & Wang, L. (2010). Third International Conference of Students of Systematic Musicology (SysMus10): A conference report. Empirical Musicology Review, 5(4), 186-190.