Selected Publications

Feneberg, A. C., Stijovic, A., Forbes, P. A. G., Lamm, C., Piperno, G., Pronizius, E., Silani, G., & Nater, U. M. (2023). Perceptions of Stress and Mood Associated With Listening to Music in Daily Life During the COVID-19 Lockdown. JAMA network open, 6(1), e2250382.

Rasing, N. L., Janus, S. I. M., Kreutz, G., Sveinsdottir, V., Gold, C., Nater, U. M., & Zuidema, S. U. (2022). The Impact of Music on Stress Biomarkers: Protocol of a Substudy of the Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in ELderly Care (MIDDEL). Brain sciences, 12(4), 485.

Feneberg, A. C., & Nater, U. M. (2022). An ecological momentary music intervention for the reduction of acute stress in daily life: A mixed methods feasibility study. Frontiers in psychology, 13, 927705.

Guyon, A. J. A. A., Hildebrandt, H., Güsewell, A., Horsch, A., Nater, U. M., & Gomez, P. (2022). How audience and general music performance anxiety affect classical music students' flow experience: A close look at its dimensions. Frontiers in psychology, 13, 959190.

Fekete, A., Maidhof, R. M., Specker, E., Nater, U. M., & Leder, H. (2022). Does art reduce pain and stress? A registered report protocol of investigating autonomic and endocrine markers of music, visual art, and multimodal aesthetic experience. Plos one, 17(4), e0266545. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266545.

Grebosz-Haring K, Schuchter-Wiegand AK, Feneberg AC, Skoluda N, Nater UM, Schütz S and Thun-Hohenstein L (2022). The Psychological and Biological Impact of “In-Person” vs. “Virtual” Choir Singing in Children and Adolescents: A Pilot Study Before and After the Acute Phase of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Austria. Front. Psychol. 12:773227. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.773227 

Feneberg, A. C., Mewes, R., Doerr, J. M., & Nater, U. M. (2021). The effects of music listening on somatic symptoms and stress markers in the everyday life of women with somatic complaints and depression. Scientific reports11(1), 24062.

Haccoun, Y. E. Y., Hildebrandt, H., Klumb, P. L., Nater, U. M., & Gomez, P. (2020). Positive and Negative Post Performance-Related Thoughts Predict Daily Cortisol Output in University Music Students. Frontiers in Psychology, 11.

Feneberg, A. C., Kappert, M. B., Maidhof, R. M., Doering, B. K., Olbrich, D., & Nater, U. M. (2020). Efficacy, Treatment Characteristics, and Biopsychological Mechanisms of Music-Listening Interventions in Reducing Pain (MINTREP): Study Protocol of a Three-Armed Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11.

Guyon, A. J., Studer, R. K., Hildebrandt, H., Horsch, A., Nater, U. M., & Gomez, P. (2020). Music performance anxiety from the challenge and threat perspective: psychophysiological and performance outcomes. BMC psychology, 8(1), 1-13. doi:

Law, M., Jarrett, P., Nater, U. M., Skoluda, N. & Broadbent E. (2020). The effects of sensory enrichment after a laboratory stressor on human skin barrier recovery in a randomized trial. Psychosomatic medicine, 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000858. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000858

Law, M., Jarrett, P., Nater, U. M., Skoluda, N. & Broadbent E. (2020). The effects of environmental enrichment on skin barrier recovery in humans: a randomised trial. Scientific Reports, 10:9829. doi:

Strahler, J., Nater, U. M., & Skoluda, N. (2020). Associations between Health Behaviors and Factors on Markers of Healthy Psychological and Physiological Functioning: a Daily Diary Study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54(1), 22 - 35. doi:

Studer, R. K., Nielsen, C., Klumb, P. L., Hildebrandt, H., Nater, U. M., Wild, P., Heinzer, R., Haba-Rubio, J., Danuser, B., & Gomez, P. (2020). The mediating role of mood in the relationship between perseverative cognition, sleep and subjective health complaints in music students. Psychology & health, 34(6), 754 - 770. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2019.1574014.

Wuttke-Linnemann, A., Feneberg, A. C., & Nater U. M. (2019). Music and Health. In: M. Gellman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. New York: Springer. doi:

Sharda, M., Silani, G., Specht, K., Tillman, J., Nater, U. M., & Gold, C. (2019). Music therapy for children with autism: investigating social behaviour through music. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. pii: S2352-4642(19)30265-2. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(19)30265-2.

Wuttke-Linnemann, A., Nater, U.M., Ehlert, U., & Ditzen, B. (2019). Sex-specific Effects of Music Listening on Couples' Stress in Everyday Life. Scientific Reports, 9:4880. doi: 10.1038


Kappert M.B., Wuttke-Linnemann, A., Schlotz, W., & Nater, U.M. (2019). The Aim Justifies the Means - Differences Among Musical and Nonmusical Means of Relaxation or Activation Induction in Daily Life. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00036. 

Bullack, A., Gass, Carolin, Nater, U.M., & Kreutz, G. (2018). Psychobiological Effects of Choral Singing on Affective State, Social Connectedness, and Stress: Influences of Singing Activity and Time Course. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 223. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00223. 

Linnemann, A., Kreutz, G., Gollwitzer, M., & Nater, U.M. (2018). Validation of the German Version of the Music-Empathizing-Music-Systemizing (MEMS) Inventory (short version). Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2018.00153

Gomez, P., Nielsen, C., Studer, R.K., Hildebrandt, H., Klumb, P.L., Nater, U.M., Wild, P., & Danuser, B. (2018) Prolonged performance-related neuroendocrine activation and perseverative cognition in low- and high-anxious university music students. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 95, 18 - 27. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.05.018

Linnemann, A., Wenzel, M., Grammes, J., Kubiak, T., & Nater, U.M. (2018). Music Listening and Stress in Daily Life-a Matter of Timing. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 25 (2), 223 - 230. doi: 10.1007/s12529-017-9697-5

Thoma, M.V., Mewes, R., & Nater, U.M. (2018). Preliminary evidence: the stress-reducing effect of listening to water sounds depends on somatic complaints: A randomized trial. Medicine (Baltimore), 97 (8), e9851m. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000009851 

Nielsen, C., Studer, R.K., Hildebrandt, H., Nater, U.M., Wild, P., Danuser, B., & Gomez, P. (2018). The relationship between music performance anxiety, subjective performance quality and post-event rumination among music students. Psychology of Music, 46 (1), 136 - 152doi:10.1177/0305735617706539

Linnemann, A., Schnersch, A., & Nater, U.M. (2017). Testing the beneficial effects of singing in a choir on mood and stress in a longitudinal study: The role of social contactsMusicae Scientiae, 21(2), 213 - 229. doi: 10.1177/1029864917693295

Linnemann, A., Strahler, J., & Nater, U.M. (2017). Assessing the Effects of Music Listening on Psychobiological Stress in Daily Life. Journal of Visual Experiments, 120. doi: 10.3791/54920

Linnemann, A., Strahler, J., & Nater, U.M. (2016). The stress-reducing effect of music listening varies depending on the social context. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 71, 97-105.

Linnemann, A., Kappert, M.B., Fischer, S., Doerr, J.M., Strahler, J., & Nater, U.M. (2015). The effects of music listening on pain and stress in the daily life of patients with fibromyalgia syndromeFrontiers in Human Neuroscience9. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00434

Linnemann, A., Ditzen, B., Strahler, J., Doerr, J. M., Nater, U. M. (2015) Music listening as a means of stress reduction in daily lifePsychoneuroendocrinology60(0), 82-90.

Linnemann, A., Thoma, M. V., & Nater, U. M. (2015). Offenheit für Erfahrungen als Indikator für Offenohrigkeit im jungen Erwachsenenalter? Individuelle Unterschiede und Stabilität der Musikpräferenz [Openness to Experience as Indicator for Open-Earedness in Young Adulthood? Individual Differences and Stability of Music Preference]. Musikpsychologie24, 198-222.

Thoma, M. V., Zemp, M., Kreienbuhl, L., Hofer, D., Schmidlin, P. R., Attin, T., Ehlert, U., Nater, U. M. (2014). Effects of Music Listening on Pre-treatment Anxiety and Stress Levels in a Dental Hygiene Recall Population. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s12529-014-9439-x

Thoma, M. V., La Marca, R., Brönnimann, R., Finkel, L., Ehlert, U., & Nater, U. M. (2013). The Effect of Music on the Human Stress ResponsePLoS ONE8(8), e70156.

Thoma, M. V., Ryf, S., Mohiyeddini, C., Ehlert, U. & Nater, U. M. (2011). Emotion regulation in everyday situations by listening to musicCognition & Emotion6(3), 550-560.

Thoma, M. V., Scholz, U., Ehlert, U. & Nater, U. M. (2011). Listening to music and physiological and psychological functioning: The mediating role of emotion regulation and stress reactivityPsychology & Health27(2), 227-241.

Thoma, M. V. & Nater, U. M. (2011). The psychoneuroendocrinology of music effects on health. In A. Costa & E. Villalba (Eds.), Horizons in Neuroscience Research, Vol. 6 (pp. 1-15). Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers.

Nater, U. M., Abbruzzese, E., Krebs, M. & Ehlert, U. (2006). Sex differences in emotional and psychophysiological responses to musical stimuli. International Journal of Psychophysiology62(2), 300-308.

Nater, U. M., Krebs, M. & Ehlert, U. (2005). Sensation seeking, music preference, and  psychophysiological reactivity to music. Musicae Scientiae9(2), 239-254.


Questionnaires we developed

Musikpräferenzfragebogen (MPQ-R) [in German]
MPQ-R_German version_9-2014.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 103.4 KB

                     Musikpräferenzfragebogen für Kinder und Jugendliche (MPQ-KJ) [in German]

                     Based on the MPQ-R, we developed a self-report questionnaire specifically targeting                                 habitual music listening behavior in children and adolescents. Available on request.


Music Preference Questionnaire (MPQ-R) [in English]
MPQ-R_English version.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 144.1 KB
Cuestionario sobre la preferencia musical (MPQ-R) [in Spanish]
MPQ-R_Spanish version.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 241.9 KB
音楽嗜好についてのアンケート (MPQ-R) [in Japanese]
MPQ-R_Japanese version.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 94.7 KB
Ερωτηματολόγιο Μουσικής Προτίμησης (MPQ-R) [in Greek]
MPQ-R_Greek Version.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 214.0 KB

Questionnaires we translated and validated

Brief Music in Mood Regulation Scale [in German, validation in progress; available upon request]

Music-Empathizing-Systemizing Inventory [in German; available upon request]