Open Accessibility Menu

The psychology of film music featured in upcoming Lunchtime Learning presentation

The psychology of film music featured in upcoming Lunchtime Learning presentation

The Lunchtime Learning presentation, “Scene and Heard: The Psychology of Film Music,” featuring music psychologist Siu-Lan Tan, PhD, will be held on Friday, February 8 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Teton County Library. The event is a collaboration between St. John’s Medical Center Words on Wellness and the Grand Teton Music Festival, as part of its 2019 Winter Festival.

Dr. Tan—professor, researcher, and author—will give an engaging presentation on music in film, exploring how the musical score shapes our emotional experience and our understanding of the unfolding story. Through illustrative examples and research studies, Dr. Tan will shed light on how what we hear may significantly influence what we see in a film scene.

According to Dr. Tan, “It is widely acknowledged in the scientific community that music – specifically film music – has the power to draw strong human responses.”

Dr. Tan is the James A.B. Stone Professor of Psychology at Kalamazoo College. Born in Indonesia and educated in British schools in Hong Kong, she holds an MA and PhD in psychology from Georgetown University. The author of many books and articles, she is currently working on a forthcoming book entitled The Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising. Dr. Tan appears in The New York Times Critics’ Pick film Score: A Film Music Documentary, and she has a regular feature on Score: The Podcast.

The Lunchtime Learning presentation is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available online at and at St. John’s wellness department.

For more information, please call St. John’s Wellness at 739-7399.

St. John’s Words on Wellness program is supported in part by the St. John’s Hospital Foundation.

Focused on education and outreach, GTMF’s Winter Festival is accompanied by several masterclasses and educational visits to Teton County schools. For tickets and information about Winter Festival events, please visit


Media Contact: Karen Connelly,, 307-739-7380


St. John's Health in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service hospital, primary care and specialty physician practices, and a long-term care Living Center.


The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence, and community wellness. For more information about the Foundation, please contact John Goettler at 307.739.7516 or


Recently ranked as one of the nation’s Top Ten Classical Music Festivals by The New York Times, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) has been serving the Jackson Hole community for more than 55 years. Each summer, more than 200 musicians from North America’s top orchestras gather for seven weeks of orchestral and chamber music led by internationally acclaimed Music Director Donald Runnicles. Throughout the winter, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a Winter Festival, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD series.