Dr Annamaria Mazzeschi is a Research Assistant at the European University of Rome. She holds a Music Solfa Diploma from the Conservatoire of Perugia, Italy, a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florence, Italy, and a PhD in the Psychology of Music from UCL Institute of Education. Her PhD research focused on Musical Savants, Perception and Cognition. She investigated learning and performance strategies which are shared by musical savants and professional musicians, with a particular interest in absolute pitch abilities, the disaggregation of chords, memory, learning, and the ability to recreate new material through repeated exposure to small sections of a piece. During her PhD, she was the recipient of the Jacopo Ficai Scholarship from the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze Foundation, a Tuscany Region grant, the Gerry Farrell Award from SEMPRE and a grant from The Amber Trust. She is a Clinical Psychologist, a member of the Italian Psychological Association and the British Psychological Society. Her experiences in clinical and academic work have broadened her knowledge and skills in these fields. In the last seven years, she has collaborated on various research projects within the field of Clinical/Health and Social Psychology, as well as the Psychology of Music, in partnership with UCL Institute of Education, Roehampton University, the University of Florence, the Conservatoire of Pavia, and the European University of Rome. She has presented her research at several international conferences including ISME, ESCOM, ICMPC, Neuroscience and Music and The European Congress of Psychology, and her published works include articles in Bollettino di Psicologia Applicata and Social Indicator Research.
Psychology of music and music education; autism; musical savants; music for health and wellbeing; special educational needs.