Teresa Gomes Arrulo-Clarke


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My PhD project, “Beneath the Surface”, combines my primary research interests, exploring the relationship(s) between stress, personality and music listening in adults. Specifically, it investigates how particular traits and music styles may influence individuals’ levels of stress and performance under stressful conditions. This involves assessing how the controversiality and common undesirability of certain traits (e.g. Psychopathy) and music styles (e.g. hip-hop/rap) might conceal their potential advantages in relation to stress, as these can become overshadowed by the advantages of their more unequivocally desirable counterparts (e.g. Mental Toughness or classical music, respectively). The importance of this research lies in its potential to provide more accessible strategies to combat stress and its negative repercussions.


At the age of 18, I moved to London where I completed my BSc Psychology with First Class Honours, receiving the British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award for Best Overall Performance, London Metropolitan University’s Recognition Award for Academic Excellence and Top Thirty Students Award, in 2017. My Bachelor’s dissertation focused on the influence of music listening on interpersonal relationships. 


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