Ruth Herbert is a Lecturer in Music for the Open University UK and was formerly Head of Performance at Dartington College of Arts. Her research interests include music, wellbeing and health, music in everyday life, music and consciousness transformation, evolutionary psychology, ethology and music education. She is the author of Everyday Listening: Absorption, Dissociation and Trancing (Ashgate, 2011), plus several articles relating to the phenomenology of everyday listening, musical involvement and consciousness transformation.