Lisa Aufegger received her graduate degree in Psychology in 2011 at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. There she developed her Master thesis focussing on perceptual skills in musicians and non-musicians. By developing a feedback-based learning program that enabled non-musicians to discriminate between timbre of brass and woodwind instruments in different performance contexts she was able to achieve significant improvements within very short periods of time.
"My interest in following a PhD at the RCM was initially driven by an internship at the Centre for Performance Science where I contributed to several research projects looking at memorization of musical irregularity, learning through performance cues or aspects of evaluation under different performance contexts.
Based on this experience, I became particularly interested in research pertaining to music performance anxiety (MPA), in particular the applied psychophysiology of MPA, which is the main focus of my PhD.
Now in my third year at RCM I can say that the biggest pleasure I derive from my research is working with music students who are incredibly passionate and curious not only about their work, but also how to improve and enhance their performance skills by voluntarily taking part in my research projects."