Dr Oliver Bones PhD

Dr Oliver Bones

Dubai Campus
Deputy Head of Dubai School of Psychology

Contact details

University of Birmingham Dubai
Dubai International Academic City
PO Box 341799
Dubai, UAE

Dr Olly Bones leads the Psychology group in Dubai. His research background in is auditory neuroscience and cognitive psychology.


Olly Bones is a Lecturer in Psychology and Head of Year 1 for BSc Psychology at the University of Birmingham Dubai.

Olly qualified with a BSc in Psychology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2002. He went on to study for an MSc in Audiology at the University of Manchester in 2011, before studying for a PhD, also awarded at University of Manchester in 2014.

Olly also has a Higher National Diploma in Music Production, and a passion for music which has informed several of his research publications. 


Head of Year 1 BSc Psychology. Olly currently teaches the following modules:

  • Introduction to Psychobiology
  • Language and Communication
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Neural Basis of Vision and Action

Postgraduate supervision

  • Cognition and ageing
  • Hearing loss and cognition
  • Speech perception
  • Pitch perception
  • Music perception


Currently co-I on Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority grant investigating psychological factors impacting childhood obesity.

Research interests include:

  • · Pitch perception
  • · Music
  • · The role of cognition in speech perception
  • · 'Hidden’, non-audiometric hearing loss
  • · The interaction between hearing loss and cognitive decline in old age


Highlight publications

Bones, O & Plack, C 2015, 'Losing the music: aging affects the perception and subcortical neural representation of musical harmony', The Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 35, no. 9. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3214-14.2015

Bones, O, Hopkins, K, Krishnan, A & Plack, C 2014, 'Phase locked neural activity in the human brainstem predicts preference for musical consonance', Neuropsychologia, vol. 58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.03.011

Kroos, C, Bones, O, Cao, Y, Harris, L, Jackson, P, Davies, W, Wang, W, Cox, T & Plumbley, M 2019, Generalisation in environmental sound classification: the ‘making sense of sounds’ data set and challenge. in ICASSP 2019-2019 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP).

Bones, O, Cox, T & Davies, W 2018, 'Sound categories: category formation and evidence-based taxonomies', Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01277

Bones, O & Wong, P 2017, 'Congenital amusics use a secondary pitch mechanism to identify lexical tones', Neuropsychologia, vol. 104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.08.004

Recent publications


Maggu, A, Wong, P, Antoniou, M, Bones, O, Liu, H & Wong, F 2018, 'Effects of combination of linguistic and musical pitch experience on subcortical pitch encoding', Journal of Neurolinguistics.

Bones, O & Plack, C 2015, 'Subcortical representation of musical dyads: Individual differences and neural generators', Hearing Research, vol. 323. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2015.01.009

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