Dr. Efthymios Papatzikis

Dr. Efthymios Papatzikis
  • QTS, FHEA, PhD in Music Psychology
    University of East Anglia
  • Position: Associate Professor
    Neuroscience of Music and Sound
  • Faculty of Communication, Arts and Sciences
  • Email: e.papatzikis@cud.ac.ae
  • Extension: 196
  • Location: B2-09B


Dr. Papatzikis is an Associate Professor of Educational Neuroscience, fervently studying the field of brain development and perception through music and sound. He has been extensively trained in and worked on neuroscience and music education in many high profile institutions prior to joining the Canadian University Dubai, including Harvard University (PostDoc in the Mind Brain and Education program; Postdoc training at the Athinoula Martinos Centre for Biomedical Neuroimaging), the University of East Anglia (PhD in Music Psychology), the UCL, Institute of Education, University of London and its adjunct centre of Educational Neuroscience (PostDoc lectureship) as well as the International Brain Research Organisation (PostDoc training in applied neuroscience and neuroimaging). Dr. Papatzikis has experience in industry as an advisor and researcher, including roles as Education Development Advisor for the Botin Foundation, Spain; Neuroscience Advisor for the Early Arts, UK; Neuroscience and Music Advisor for Early Years Programs at BBC, UK. Dr. Papatzikis’ research interests are focusing specifically on infants and children’s neurobehavioral development through sound and music, educational development and special needs. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK and holds the Qualified Teacher Status for primary and secondary education, in Greece and the UK.

Areas of Specialization

Neuroscience, Music Psychology, Music Education

Selected publications

  • Papatzikis, E. and Tsakmakidou, N. (2019)A Critical Book Review on the 'Early Vocal Contact and Preterm Infant Brain Development'. By Filippa, M., Kuhn, P., & Westrup, B. (2017). Psychology of Music Journal,DOI: 10.1177/0305735619872704
  • Papatzikis, E. (2019) A Research Episode in Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The Echo of the 27th International Society for Music Education Research Commission Seminar.Problemy muzykalnoj nauki / Music ScholarshipJournal. No.3, pp. 93–103. DOI: 10.17674/1997-0854.2019.3.093-103
  • Papatzikis, E., Svec, C., and Tsakmakidou, N. (2019)Studying Neural Correlates of Music Features in the Early Years Education and Development Process: A Preliminary Understanding based on a Taxonomical Classification and Logistic Regression Analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2019.229.00031
  • Papatzikis, E. (2017) The Educational Neuroscience Perspective of ABR and Lullabies: Setting Up an Infants Brain Development Study. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education. Vol. 8 (3) pp. 3179-3185. DOI: 10.20533/ijcdse.2042.6364.2017.0426 
  • Papatzikis, E. (2017). Neuromyths in Education and Development: A Comprehensive Approach. Special Issue Article in the European Scientific Journal. January Issue, pp. 85-91. ISSN: 1857-7881 (Print)e-ISSN 1857-7431
  • Papatzikis, E. (2017). Investigating Infants' Brainstem Development through Lullabies and Music: a W.I.P. Pilot Study. The Canada International Conference on Education Proceedings-Curriculum, Research and Development (CICE 2017), University of Toronto Mississauga Canada, pp. 244-248, ISBN: 978-1-908320-83-4
  • Kalogeropoulou, M., Papatzikis, & E., Pliogou, V. (2017, in press). Contribution of ICT in Enhancing Working Memory in Children with ADHD. Research in Programs and School Books Conference, 17-19 March, Research and Evaluation Centre of Academic Books and Educational Programs, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
  • Herbst, A., & Papatzikis, E. (2017). A neurobehavioural study of music and emotion: connecting EEG and qualitative research protocols. Poster at the International Conference Neuroscience and Music VI: Music, Sound and Health. Boston 15-18 June.
  • Pateli, A., Papatzikis, E., & Pliogou, V. (2016). Communication Techniques between children with sensory disabilities in an inclusive educational framework. Topics in Special Needs and Education Vol. 73, pp. 3-18, ISSN 11085509
  • Papatzikis, E. (2016). Discussing Musical Creativity in Learning: Psychological Perceptions and Brain Research. International Educational Scientific Journal, Vol. 2 (6) pp. 1-4. (E-ISSN: 2455-295X)
  • Papatzikis, E., & Papatziki, S. (2016). Investigating Rhythm and Heart rate Changes in an Infants Music Education Course: A Case Study. Psychology of Music. Vol. 44 (3) 587-606. DOI: 10.1177/0305735615584980
  • Ntoliou, C., Papatzikis, E., & Pliogou, V. (2016). Investigating the Effectiveness of "Classwide Peer Tutoring"(CWPT) Strategy in a Mixed Learning (Dis)Abilities Primary School Classroom: A case study. Ankara Üniversitesi Eğitim Bilimleri Fakültesi Özel Eğitim Dergisi, Educational Sciences Journal of Special Education, 17(1). DOI: 10.1501/Ozlegt_0000000237
  • Papatzikis, E. (2015). Understanding the brain through Neuromyths. Physics News Journal, Association of Greek Scientists in Physics. Vol 11, pp. 17-21. ISSN 2241-1127
  • Papadopoulou, S., Papatzikis, E., & Pliogou, V. (2015). Investigating Dyslexia through a Foreign Language Learning Setting: A Case Study. Polydromo, Periodical for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Education and Society, Vol. 8, pp. 7-16
  • Pateli A., Papatzikis, E., & Pliogou, V. (2014). Researching Issues and Effectiveness of Communication between Deaf and Blind students in the same classroom: A Case Study. In P. Georgogiannis (Ed.) Social Pedagogy and Intercultural Special Education. Published in Greek as an article in the peer-reviewed proceedings of the 18th International Conference in Social and Intercultural Special Education, University of Patras, Greece, Vol. 2, pp. 193-205. ISBN: 978-960-8206-91-5
  • Herbst, A., & Papatzikis, E. (2014). Cross-referencing Multimodal (Behavioural-EEG) Responses to Structural Elements: A Neurobehavioural Approach to Music and Emotions. In Forrest, D. & Del-Ben, L. (Eds), Peer-Reviewed Papers submitted at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) International Conference, Brazil. Conference Proceedings, pp. 107-108
  • Papatzikis, E. (2014). Investigating Infants' Neurobehavioural Development in a Music Education Context: Tempo and Beats and their Impact in the Infants' Heart Rate. In Forrest, D. & Del-Ben, L. (Eds), Peer-Reviewed Papers submitted at the International Society for Music Education (ISME) International Conference, Brazil. Conference Proceedings, pp. 149-150


Papatzikis, E. (2017). Developmental Psychology in Music Education. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrucken, Germany ISBN 978- 3-330-07677-8.

Chapter in Books

  • Papatzikis, E. (2018). What is Neuropsychology. In L. Lambert, & N. Pasha-Zaidi (Eds.), An introduction to psychology for the Middle East (and beyond) (pp. 9-10). Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge.
  • Papatzikis, E (2017) Developmental Psychology in Music Education. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing: Saarbrucken, Germany ISBN 978-3-330-07677-8.
  • Papatzikis, E. (2014) Fostering Creativity in Music Communities: A Biological and Psychological Perspective. In C.Clouder (Ed.), Good Morning Creativity 3. Spain: Botin Foundation. ISBN: 978-84-15469-38-4