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Dr. phil. Steffen Lepa M.A.

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Scientific collaborateur in cluster-of-excellence research project Medium und Emotion

Leader of research project:
"Survey Musik und Medien. Empirische Basisdaten und theoretische Modellierung der Mediatisierung alltäglicher Musikrezeption in Deutschland"


Office hours: Tuesdays 12-14h (Room H 2001 E)
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Contact:

E-Mail: steffen.lepa AT tu-berlin.de
Phone: +49 30 314 29313
Telefax: +49 30 314 21143

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Research interests

  • Media reception / media use
  • Media education / instructional design
  • Social research methodology
  • Computer-based research and analysis instruments
  • Neurocognitive social media psychology
  • Bologna process and study programmee evaluation
  • Digital Cultures and media philosophy
  • Sound design, film music, multimedia production
  • youth culture / adolescence research

 

 

Publications

Technology matters: An experimental exploration on how the spatial cues afforded by different audio playback devices shape the perceived emotional expression of mediatized music
Citation key lepa_technology_2013
Author Lepa, Steffen and Maempel, Hans-Joachim and Ungeheuer, Elena and Weinzierl, Stefan
Title of Book 3rd International Conference on Music & Emotion (ICME 3)
Year 2013
Address Jyväskylä, Finnland
Note 00000
Abstract Every single “playback” of a piece of music is a unique “performance”, insofar as the media technology employed and the listening room conditions alter the morphology of the resulting ambient sound field at our ears. As demonstrated in numerous experiments by technical acoustics, these differences are at least noticeable. But do they really matter for the experience and enjoyment of music? And how do quality expectations towards certain technologies come into play? We initially focused on “spatiality” as a distinguishing technical parameter of audio technologies that might lead to a modified affective physiognomy of music. 306 subjects listened to the same four pieces of different genres. The original audio material had been manipulated by means of dynamic binaural synthesis technology into three differently spatialized versions: “headphones”, “loudspeakers”, and “concert hall”. Each subject experienced only one of them and had to rate the perceived emotional expression after each piece and the overall audio quality at the end of the experiment. Additionally, half of the subjects were instructed to pay attention to “peculiarities in audio quality due to the special audio technology used”. While this manipulation substantially increased perceived audio quality (regardless of spatialization type administered) it did not affect perceived emotions at all. Contrariwise, loudspeaker and concert hall simulations led to significant increases in intensity on all dimensions of perceived affective musical expression. Results are discussed in terms of limitations in possible interpretations and with regard to future prospects of sound field synthesis as a tool in music and media psychology.
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Curriculum Vitae

since 2012
Project leader of national-funded research project “Survey Musik und Medien. Empirische Basisdaten und theoretische Modellierung der Mediatisierung alltäglicher Musikrezeption in Deutschland” as part of the DFG-priority programme DFG-Schwerpunktprogramms “Mediatisized Worlds” .

since 2010
Postdoc researcher at the Audio Communication Group, Institute for Language and Communication at Technical University of Berlin, in the research project “Medium und Emotion” as part of the Berlin Cluster of Excellence network “Languages of Emotion

2009 – 2010
Teaching appointment for questionaire design and graphical data analysis with SPSS at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

2009 – 2010
Scientific lecturer (social research methodology) at the Institute for Pedagogics der Universität Oldenburg

2009 – 2010
Teaching appointment for multivariate statistics at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

September 2009
Promotion to a Doctor of Philosophy (“summa cum laude”) by the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences of Oldenburg University with the dissertation thesis:
“Jenseits des Films. Quantitativ-inhaltsanalytische Rekonstruktion von filmischen Verstehens- und Aneignungsprozessen mit Hilfe der Postrezeptiven Lesartenanalyse (PLA)”, supervised by Prof. Yvonne Ehrenspeck (general pedagogics) und Prof. Bernard Kittel (social research methodology)

2007 – 2010
Scientific lecturer (media education, social research methodology) at the Institute for Pedagogics at Oldenburg University

2007 – 2009
Teaching appointment for statistics with SPSS at the Faculty for Education and Social Sciences at Oldenburg University

2005 – 2009
Teaching appointment for digital audio editing at Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

2005 – 2007
Scientific research assistant in the national funded research project “Kommunikatbildungsprozesse Jugendlicher zur Todesthematik und Filmische Instruktionsmuster” at the Arbeitsbereich “Philosophie der Erziehung” (Prof. Dieter Lenzen) at Freien Universität Berlin

2005 – 2006
Teaching appointment for information psychology at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences

2003 – 2005
Master Study of Media Management at the Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media (Master of Arts degree, final grade: 1,5 / ECTS-Grade B – very good)

2003 – 2005
Responsible leader of the digital audio studio of the Central Media Service Unit at Braunschweig University of Fine Arts

2002
Student research assistent at the BmBF/MWK-funded research project “CRIMP – Criteria for Evaluation of Audiovisuals in Multimedia Production“, of the Research Centre L3S, University of Hannover

1998 – 2003
Master study of Media Studies, Psychology and Media Technology at the Technical University of Braunschweig and Braunschweig University of Fine Arts (Master of Arts degree with final grade: 1,3)

1997 – 1998
Alternative civilian service at the daycare house for the elderly disabled of Lebenshilfe gGmbH, Braunschweig

1997
University entrance diploma (“Abitur”) in English, Music, History (bilingual) und Computer Science at the Gymnasium Ricarda-Huch-Schule, Braunschweig, Germany (final grade: 1,8)

born on July, 30th 1978 in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany.

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