Dr Oliver Bones PhD

Dr Oliver Bones

Dubai Campus
Assistant Professor / Lecturer in Psychology

Contact details

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


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


Principal Investigator on a Dowager Countess Eleanor Peel Medical Grant, ‘A diagnostic test of non-audiometric components of age-related hearing loss’, investigating the role of cognition and ‘hidden’ hearing loss in age-related deficits in speech perception.

Other 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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