As human beings, our primary aim in life is to maximise our happiness. With over two and a half million books on the subject of happiness, why are we happy to listen to music that makes us sad?
Dr. Sandra Garrido is a pianist, a violinist and a researcher. With a background in both music and psychology she completed her PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2012. Her post-doctoral research at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions concerned the use of music in depression in both the modern day and historically.
She is currently an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Fellow at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University. Sandra has published over 30 academic publications including a book currently in press with Palgrave-Macmillan entitled Why We Are Attracted to Sad Music.