About Amy Belfi


  • University of Iowa, Doctor of Philosophy, 2015

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Amy Belfi

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  • University of Iowa, Doctor of Philosophy, 2015

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Amy Belfi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from St. Olaf College, her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa, and completed postdoctoral training at New York University. Her work covers a broad range of topics in the field of music cognition, including music and autobiographical memory, musical imagery, aesthetic judgments of music, and musical anhedonia. She uses a variety of techniques to investigate these subjects, including behavioral studies, functional neuroimaging, psychophysiology, and neuropsychological approaches. She teaches undergraduate courses in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, and directs the Music Cognition and Aesthetics Lab, which is primarily composed of undergraduate students. She also recently received the Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science in 2021. Additionally, her current work on music, memory, and emotion in healthy aging is funded by an R15 AREA grant from the National Institutes of Health.


Expertise areas

Music cognition, music perception, empirical aesthetics, cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology, emotion, memory

Research funding

  • National Institutes of Health

Research grants

  • Music as an autobiographical memory cue across the lifespan This is an R15 AREA grant (total costs: $462,163) from the National
    Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. This grant
    supports work focusing on music as a cue for emotions and
    autobiographical memories in healthy aging.


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      Awards and recognition


      • 2021 Faculty External Recognition Award, Missouri S&T
      • 2021 Community Outreach Award, Missouri S&T
      • 2021 Rising Star Award, Association for Psychological Science
      • 2020 Outstanding Teaching Award, Missouri S&T
      • 2018 Undergraduate Faculty Sponsor Award, Psi Chi Honor Society