Siu-Lan Tan, Ph.D.

Siu-Lan Tan, Ph.D.

Siu-Lan Tan, Ph.D., is first author of a leading text entitled Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance (published by Psychology Press 2010, 2013) and primary editor of The Psychology of Music in Multimedia (published by Oxford University Press 2013), the first book consolidating the research on the role of music in film, television, video games, and computers.  

Born in Indonesia and raised in Hong Kong where she attended British schools, she earned undergraduate degrees in piano and music at Pacific Union College before attending Purdue University, Oxford University, and Georgetown University to complete an MA and PhD in psychology.

Dr. Tan is a senior Professor of Psychology at Kalamazoo College, where she has been recognized with awards for excellence in teaching, distinguished research, outstanding academic advising, students' vote for commencement speaker, and a Michigan Campus Compact award for 15 years of leading community projects involving several thousand college students and children. She has taught Psychology of Music, Creativity, and Developmental Psychology since 1998.

In addition to two books published by Psychology Press and Oxford University Press, Dr. Tan's research has been published in Music Perception, Psychology of Music, Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, Empirical Musicology Review, College Music Symposium, International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations, and Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, among other journals.  She serves as a reviewer for 8 academic journals and 4 publishers.

 Dr. Tan is a blogger for Psychology Today, Oxford University Press, and the World Science Festival.

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What Shapes Film?

This blog discusses perspectives on film (and other multimedia) - focusing on insights from child development and psychology of music.  These are among the courses I have most loved teaching as a Psychology Professor, and the lenses through which I view the world- both real and symbolic.