Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Musikwissenschaft

Dr. Mats Küssner

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter
  • Mitglied der Ethikkommission der KSBF

KG 5, Raum 319

Präsenz-Sprechstunde: Mi 16-17.30 Uhr (ohne Anmeldung) 

Tel.: +49(0)30–2093–65809

E-Mail: mats.kuessner[at]

Twitter: @matskussner


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Mats Küssner ist seit Oktober 2015 wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Transkulturelle Musikwissenschaft. 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). Gemeinsam mit Daniel Leech-Wilkinson hat er eine Sonderausgabe zum Thema ‘music and shape’ in Empirical Musicology Review herausgegeben.



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


Betreuung von Abschlussarbeiten (BA/MA)

Bei Interesse an einer Abschlussarbeit zu einem der o.g. Themen, bitte Mats Küssner per Email kontaktieren.



HU Berlin

  • WiSe 2021/22

Einführung in die Musikpsychologie (BA Seminar)

Forschen lernen mit Musik und mentaler Vorstellung (MA Seminar)

  • SoSe 2021

Konzerte im Kopf: Mentale Vorstellung in der Musik (MA Seminar)

Quantitative Datenanalyse mit R (BA Seminar)

  • SoSe 2020

Quantitative Datenanalyse mit R (BA Seminar)

Musikalischer Orientalismus am Beispiel Granada: musikanalytische und empirische Perspektiven (BA Seminar)

  • WiSe 2019/20

Einführung in die Musikpsychologie (BA Seminar)

The Psychology of Contemporary Live Music (Q-Kolleg) (BA Projektseminar)

  • SoSe 2019

„Inclusive, Inquisitive, Innovative“ – Musikforschung an der Durham University zwischen alten Traditionen und modernen Werten (BA Exkursion)

  • WiSe 2018/19

Einführung in die Musikpsychologie (BA Seminar)

Forschen lernen mit Musik und Gehirn (BA Projektseminar)

  • SoSe 2018

Multimodalität des Musikerlebens (MA Seminar)

Forschen lernen mit Musik und Gehirn (BA Projektseminar)

Batida de Lisboa – Die Musikmetropole Lissabon in Geschichte und Gegenwart (BA Exkursion)

  • WiSe 2017/18

Einführung in die Musikpsychologie (BA Seminar)

Forschungskolloquium (BA/MA/PhD)

  • SoSe 2017

Einführung in die Datenanalyse mit R (BA Seminar)

Musik, Emotion und visuelle Vorstellung (MA Seminar)

Musikstadt Kopenhagen. Von der Königlichen Kapelle zum Sound Studies Lab (BA Exkursion)

  • WiSe 2016/17

Forschen lernen mit Musik und Gehirn (Q-Team) (BA Seminar)

Fear, Anger, Love - Musik und Emotionen (BA Seminar)

  • SoSe 2016

Sozialpsychologie der Musik (BA Seminar)

Quantitative Methoden der Musikpsychologie (MA Seminar)

Gent – eine kreative Musikstadt (BA Exkursion)

  • WiSe 2015/16

Musik als multimodales Phänomen (BA Seminar)


King's College London

  • WiSe 2014/15

Music and the Brain (BMus Vorlesung)

  • WiSe 2013/14

The Philosophy and Psychology of Music Perception (BMus Seminar)

Music and the Brain (BMus Vorlesung)

  • WiSe 2012/13

Music and the Brain (BMus Vorlesung)


  • Küssner, M. B., Taruffi, L., & Floridou, G. (under contract). Music and Mental Imagery: Theory, Research, and Applications. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Music, Emotion, and Visual Imagery. Special issue published in Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain in 2019 (together with Tuomas Eerola and Takako Fujioka).

  • Music and Shape. Special volume published in Empirical Musicology Review in 2013 (together with Daniel Leech-Wilkinson).


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

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