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

The memory experiment
This lab study investigates short-term memory in relationship with different personality variables.

Duration: 2h.
Inclusion criteria: Fill in this very short survey (2min) and you will be recontacted if you meet our inclusion criteria
Benefits:  2 course credits / 20 €

Listening and emotions
In this study we are investigating how different listening situations evoke different emotions. Click on the image to participate!

Duration:    25 min.
Inclusion criteria:  None
Benefits:  0.5 course credits


  • Vigl, J., Strauss, H., Talamini, F., Zentner, M. (2024). Trajectories of relationship and sexual satisfaction over two years in the Covid-19 pandemic: A latent class analysis. Journal of Personality. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12928
  • Strauss, H., Vigl, J., Jacobsen, P.-O., Bayer, M., Talamini, F., Vigl, W., Zangerle, E., & Zentner, M. (2024). The Emotion-to-Music Mapping Atlas (EMMA): A systematically organized online database of emotionally evocative music excerpts. Behavior Research https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-024-02336-0
  • Vigl, J., Talamini, F., Feller, A., Gerstgrasser, S., Henning, H. (2023). Accuracy and Stability of Musical Tempo Memory and the Role of Music Expertise. Music Perception, 41(1) https://doi.org/10.1525/mp.2023.41.1.15
  • 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., Altoè, 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., Altoè, 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

  • Talk, August 2023: “A behavioral and objective assessment of music-evoked emotions: the potential of mood-congruency tasks”. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition ICMPC-ASCOM, Tokyo (Japan).
  • Talk, August 2023: “Contour perception: a music-specific ability or a general process?” International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition ICMPC-ASCOM, Tokyo (Japan).
  • 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: “Shared and distinct mechanisms in auditory and visual short-term memory: Influence of material type, contour, and musical expertise”. The dynamic and flexible nature of memory, Lyon (France). 
  • Talk, June 2017: “The Working Memory of Musicians and Nonmusicians”. Music, Language, & Cognition Summer School, Como (Italy).
  • Talk, February 2017: “Musicians have a better memory than nonmusicians: a meta-analysis”. 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: “Musicians have Better Memory than Nonmusicians. A Meta-analysis”. EWOMS, Liège (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)