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Stephanie Bramley

Dr Stephanie Bramley

Research Associate

Stephanie Bramley


Stephanie joined the unit as a Research Associate in May 2016 and is currently working on the ‘Adults at risk and gambling’ project.

Stephanie has a background in gambling studies and psychology of music. In March 2015 she was awarded her PhD from The University of Sheffield with her thesis ‘Exploring the presence, experience and influence of background music in gambling situations’. As part of her PhD she conducted interviews with casino managers, administered an online questionnaire to gamblers and designed an empirical experiment to test the effects of background music on laboratory virtual roulette gambling behaviour. During her PhD she received a Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme award and visited the Gambling Treatment Clinic at The University of Sydney where she collaborated with Professor Alex Blaszczynski and Dr Sally Gainsbury (Southern Cross University).

Recently Stephanie has worked as an Involvement Research Officer for a Leeds based charity. In this role she designed and facilitated involvement opportunities with vulnerable populations, patients, elderly people, carers, the general public and those experiencing health inequalities so as to gather their views concerning health and social care services.

Stephanie’s research interests include the design and promotion of gambling products, responsible gambling, gambling amongst vulnerable populations and the impacts of gambling. Stephanie is also a Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Music at The University of Sheffield and conducts research within the field of psychology of music. She has also taught music psychology, research methods and study skills at higher education institutions.


Bramley, S., Dibben, N. and Rowe, R. (2016), 'The Utilisation of Music by Casino Managers: An Interview Study', Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(4): 1127-1141.

Bramley, S., Dibben, N. and Rowe, R. (2016), 'Investigating the influence of music tempo on arousal and behaviour in laboratory virtual roulette', Psychology of Music, 44(6): 1389-1403.

Ginsborg, J., Lamont, A. and Bramley, S. (2015), 'Proceedings of the Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music',  Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK.

Bramley, S. and Gainsbury, S.M. (2015), 'The role of auditory features within slot-themed social casino games and online slot machine games', Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(4): 1735-1751.

Schiavio, A., Bramley, S., Veltri, T., Cespedes-Guevara, J. and Arthurs, Y. (2014), 'Report of the International Summer School of Musical Understanding. Philosophical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches (University of Sheffield, July 8–11, 2013)', Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 24(1): 109-113.

Bramley, S., Dibben, N. and Rowe, R. (2014), 'The influence of background music tempo and genre on virtual roulette', Journal of Gambling Issues, 29 1-12.

Bramley, S. (2014), 'Book review: Stephanie Pitts, Chances and choices: Exploring the impact of music education', Psychology of Music, 42(3): 477-479.

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