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Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University

Bill Thompson is a distinguished professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology and runs the Music, Sound and Performance Lab. He is also the founding Director of the Centre for Elite Performance, Expertise and Training.

He has been the elected President of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (Jan 2007-Jan 2009), The Asia-Pacific Society for the Cognition of Music (2015-2016), and the Australian Music Psychology Society (2015 to 2017). He has been an Associate Editor of the journals Empirical Musicology Review, Music Perception, and Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

He is author of the book Music, Thought and Feeling: Understanding the Psychology of Music, 2nd edition (2014), Oxford University Press, ISBN: 9781452283036, 400 pages) and General Editor of Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia. Sage Publications Inc., New York. ISBN: 9781452283036. He is the author of over 130 articles focusing on emotional, cognitive, and cross cultural aspects of music experience. He is currently engaged in research on violence in music, and on uses of music by refugees.


  • 2007–present
    Professor, Macquarie University


  • 1986 
    Queens University, PhD
  • 1982 
    Queens University, MA
  • 1979 
    McGill University, BSc


Fellow of the Association for Psychology Science (USA, Elected fall 2015)