Dr Philip Fine

BA (Hons), MA (Hons) (Cambridge), DPhil (Oxford)

Philip joined the University of Buckingham in 1996. He teaches modules in Cognition, Perception, Creative Psychology & Expertise, and Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuropsychology. He is a Graduate member of the BPS and a member of SEMPRE (Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research) and ESCOM (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music).

Research interests: Philip’s three main areas of research are expertise and problem solving, the psychology of music, and the perception of time. Current projects include an investigation into factors involved in expert cryptic crossword solving, insight and creativity, factors affecting the understanding of sung lyrics, mental rehearsal in musicians, memory for musical speed, and time-related personality characteristics and time estimation.

Outside research and teaching, Philip is an actor, singer and pianist.

Selected recent publications and conference papers:

Friedlander, K. J. & P. A. Fine, “The grounded expertise components approach in the novel area of cryptic crossword solving”, Frontiers in Psychology 7 (May 2016), 1–21: read more.

Fine, P.A., K.J. Wise, R. Goldemberg & A. Bravo, “Performing musicians’ understanding of the terms ‘mental practice’ and ‘score analysis’”, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain 25.1 (2015), 69-82: read more.

Fine, P.A. & J. Ginsborg, “Making myself understood: perceived factors affecting the intelligibility of sung text”, Frontiers in Psychology 5 (2014): read more.

Bravo, A. & P. Fine, Studying a score silently: What benefits can it bring to performance? International Symposium on Performance Science (Auckland, New Zealand), 2009.

Fine, P. & S. Bull, Memory for tactus and musical tempo: The effects of expertise and speed on keeping time. International Symposium on Performance Science (Auckland, New Zealand), 2009.

Fine, P., J. Ginsborg & C. Barlow, The influence of listeners’ singing experience and the number of singers on the understanding of sung text. International Symposium on Performance Science (Auckland, New Zealand), 2009.

Friedlander, K. & P. Fine, Expertise in cryptic crossword performance: An exploratory survey. International Symposium on Performance Science (Auckland, New Zealand), 2009.

Russell, K. & P. Fine, The effects of music tempo on time perception and word search performance. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section 26th Annual Conference (University of Hertfordshire, UK), 2009.

Hoffmann, F. & P. Fine, The role of working memory in solving Sudoku. BPS Cognitive Psychology Section 26th Annual Conference (University of Hertfordshire, UK), 2009.

Fine, P., A. Berry & B. Rosner, The effect of pattern recognition and tonal predictability on sight-singing ability. Psychology of Music 34.4 (2006), 431-447.

Costa, M., P. Fine & P. Ricci Bitti, Interval distributions, mode, and tonal strength of melodies as predictors of perceived emotion. Music Perception 22.1 (2004), 1-14.

Fine, P. & H. Younger, Sight-singing performance and piano accompaniment. 8th International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (Northwestern University, Evanston IL, USA), 2004.

Email: philip.fine@buckingham.ac.uk

See also: Psychology Department

Selected Publications

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