Maria Witek

Colleges, School and Institutes


Maria A. G. Witek is Senior Birmingham Fellow at the Department of Music, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, University of Birmingham. Her research addresses the psychology, phenomenology and cognitive neuroscience of rhythm, body-movement and pleasure in groove music, using methods such as brain imaging, motion-capture and music analysis. She has won a number of awards, most recently the Adam Krims Memorial Prize from the Society for Music Analysis.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Oxford

    ... and I feel good! The relationship between body-movement, pleasure and groove in music

    1 Oct 2009 - 11 Mar 2013
  • Master of Arts, Univ Sheffield

    Master of Arts in Music Psychology

    10 Sep 2007 - 10 Sep 2008
  • Bachelor of Arts, Univ Oslo


    11 Aug 2003 - 15 Jun 2006

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

music cognition and psychology


  • M Music - music cognition, rhythm, groove, sensorimotor synchronisation, affect