Selected Publications

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

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]