Dr. Francesca Talamini

University Assistant (Post-Doc)
Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology & Assessment


Research Interests

Music Psychology:

  • Music expertise and cognitive skills
  • Music emotions
  • Music aptitude
  • Contour perception
  • Inter-individual differences (e.g., personality) of musicians and non-musicians

Aesthetic emotions:

  • Similarities and differences between music and other arts-evoked emotions
  • Inter-individual differences in aesthetic emotions experience


  • Working memory
  • Relationship between working memory and perception


  • Meta-analysis
  • Multi-lab studies
My Current Projects:
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Participate in ongoing studies

Are you motivated to help us with our currently running studies? Take part in one of these interesting projects

Contour perception
The experiment consists of different tasks assessing visual and auditory perception and memory. If you are interested, send us a request by email and I will ask you some questions to check if you meet the criteria to participate in the study

Duration:    90 min.
Inclusion criteria:  Write us an email to check if you meet the criteria!
Benefits:  1.5 course credits / 15 ‚ā¨

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Emotions in Arts
This study addresses emotions felt when looking at paintings and listening to music, and examines which aspects of personality are associated with particularly intense emotions.

Duration:    60-70 min.
Inclusion criteria:  None
Benefits:  10 euros


  • Vigl, J., Talamini, F., Feller, A., Gerstgrasser, S., Henning, H. (in press). Accuracy and Stability of Musical Tempo Memory and the Role of Music Expertise. Music Perception, 41(1)
  • Tillmann, B., Graves, J. E., Talamini, F., Leveque, J., Fornoni, L., Hoarau, C., … & Caclin, A., (2023). Auditory cortex and beyond: Deficits in congenital amusia. Hearing Research, 108855. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2023.108855
  • Grassi, M., Alto√®, G., Brattico, E., Caclin, A., Carretti, B., Drai-Zerbib, V., … & Talamini F., (IPA*). Do musicians have better short-term memory than nonmusicians? A multi-lab study. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science. https://doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/69GZF
  • Vigl, J., Talamini, F., Strauss, H., Zentner, M. (2022). A Prospective Study of Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Role of Dispositional Vulnerabilities and External Stressors. Journal of Personality. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12790
  • Martini, M., Wasmeier, J. R., Talamini, F., Huber, S. E., & Sachse, P. (2022). Wakeful resting and listening to music contrast their effects on verbal long-term memory in dependence on word concreteness. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 7(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41235-022-00415-4
  • Talamini, F., Eller, G., Vigl, J., Zentner, M. (2022).¬†Musical emotions affect memory for emotional pictures. Scientific Reports.12(1), 1-8.¬†https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-15032-w
  • Vigl, J., Strauss, H., Talamini, F., Zentner, M. (2022). Relationship Satisfaction in the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-National Examination of Situational, Dispositional, and Relationship Factors.¬†PLOS ONE 17(3): e0264511. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0264511
  • Talamini, F., Vigl, J., Doerr, E., Grassi, M., Carretti, B. (2022). Auditory and Visual Mental Imagery in Musicians and Nonmusicians. Musicae Scientiae. https://doi.org/10.1177/10298649211062724
  • Blain, S., Talamini, F., Fornoni, L., Bidet-Caulet, A., Caclin, A. (2022). Shared cognitive resources between memory and attention during sound sequence encoding. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13414-021-02390-2
  • Ginzburg, J., Moulin, A., Fornoni, L., Talamini, F., Tillmann, B., Caclin, A. (2021). Development of auditory cognition in 5- to 10-year-old children: focus on musical and verbal short-term-memory. Developmental Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.13188
  • Talamini, F., Blain, S., Ginzburg, J., Houix, O., Bouchet, P., Grassi, M., Tillmann, B., Caclin (2021). Auditory and visual short-term memory: Influence of material type, contour, and musical expertise. Psychological Research, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00426-021-01519-0
  • Talamini, F., Grassi, M., Toffalini, E., Santoni, R., & Carretti, B. (2018). Learning a second language: Can music aptitude or music training have a role?. Learning and Individual Differences, 64, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lindif.2018.04.003
  • Bruzzi, E., Talamini, F., Priftis, K., & Grassi, M. (2017). A SMARC Effect for Loudness. i-Perception, 8(6), 2041669517742175. https://doi.org/10.1177/2041669517742175
  • Talamini, F., Alto√®, G., Carretti, B., & Grassi, M. (2017). Musicians have better memory than nonmusicians: A meta-analysis. PloS one, 12(10), e0186773. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0191776
  • Talamini, F., Carretti, B., & Grassi, M. (2016). The working memory of musicians and nonmusicians. Music Perception: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 34(2), 183-191. https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2016.34.2.183

*IPA = In Principle Acceptance


Conference Contributions / Presentations

  • Poster, August 2022: “Musical emotions affect memory for emotional pictures”. Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology – ESCOP, Lille (France).
  • Talk, May 2022: “Musical emotions influence what we remember”. Pint of Science Festival, Innsbruck (Austria).
  • Poster, July 2021: “Auditory and visual short-term memory in musicians and nonmusicians: influence sensory modality, material type and contour”.¬† International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition ICMPC-ESCOM. Online.
  • Poster, June 2019: ‚ÄúShared and distinct mechanisms in auditory and visual short-term memory: Influence of material type, contour, and musical expertise‚ÄĚ. The dynamic and flexible nature of memory, Lyon (France).¬†
  • Talk, June 2017: ‚ÄúThe Working Memory of Musicians and Nonmusicians‚ÄĚ. Music, Language, & Cognition Summer School, Como (Italy).
  • Talk, February 2017: ‚ÄúMusicians have a better memory than nonmusicians: a meta-analysis‚ÄĚ. Cognitive Science Arena, Brixen (Italy).¬†
  • Talk, November 2016: “Musicians have a better memory than nonmusicians: a meta-analysis”. The Trieste Symposium on Perception and Cognition, Trieste (Italy).
  • Poster, September 2016: “Do musicians have better memory than nonmusicians? A meta-analysis”. AIP Experimental Psychology National Meeting, Rome (Italy).
  • Talk, September 2016: ‚ÄúMusicians have Better Memory than Nonmusicians. A Meta-analysis‚ÄĚ. EWOMS, Li√®ge (Belgium).
  • Talk, February 2016: “The Working Memory of Musicians and Nonmusicians”. Cognitive Science Arena, Brixen (Italy).
  • Talk, September 2015: “Auditory, Visual and Audiovisual Working Memory in Musicians and Nonmusicians”. AIP Experimental Psychology National Meeting, Rovereto (italy)