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Psychologisches Institut Kognitive und Affektive Neurowissenschaften

Caitlyn Trevor, Dr.

Caitlyn Trevor

Caitlyn Trevor, PhD
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellow

Tel.: +41 44 635 74 43



I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow researching music and fear (Project: EMUSIG) at the CANEURO lab at UZH. I recently completed my PhD in Music Theory at The Ohio State University. While there, I worked with David Huron as part of the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory and taught undergraduate music theory and aural skills. My research interests include music and emotion (particularly fear), music and vocal affective cues, affective neuroscience, and applying topic theory to film music perception

Curriculum vitae


December 2018

PhD in Music Theory, The Ohio State University

August 2018
Master of Music in Cello Performance, The Ohio State University
May 2016
Master of Arts in Music Theory, The Ohio State University
May 2014 Bachelor of Arts in Music, Illinois Wesleyan University

Scientific experience

May 2019 - current

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Postdoctoral Fellow at UZH

August 2014 -  December 2018
Researcher in the Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory at OSU
Summer 2015 Center of Cognitive and Brain Sciences Summer Graduate Research Associate


Trevor, C., Arnal, L., & Fruehholz, S. (2020). Terrifying film music mimics alarming acoustic feature of human screams. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 147( 6), EL540-EL545. (html) (pdf)

Trevor, C. & Huron, D. (2018). Animated performance: 'Better' music means larger movements. Music Theory Online, 24(4), 6. (html) (pdf)

Trevor, C. & Huron, D. (2018). Are humoresques humorous? On the similarity between laughter and staccato. Empirical Musicology Review, 13(1–2), 66–77. (html) (pdf)

Huron, D. & Trevor C. (2016). Are stopped strings preferred in sad music? Empirical Musicology Review, 11(2), 261–269. (html) (pdf)