Arla Good is a postdoctoral research associate in the SMART Lab. She is cofounder of
the SingWell initiative (, an international research study investigating
the biopsychosocial effects of group singing in older adulthood.

Arla has a long history with the lab, beginning in 2009. Much of her work over the last
decade has sought to identify and optimise music-based interventions that can
contribute to psychological and social wellbeing in a variety of different populations. Her
MA thesis (2011) explored the use of song to support foreign-language learning in
children, and her doctoral dissertation (2016) explored group singing as a strategy for
promoting positive social relations within and across cultures.


Selected publications:

Good, A., Kreutz, G., Choma, B., Fiocco, A., & Russo, F. A. (2020) The SingWell project
protocol; the road to understanding the benefits of group singing in older adults. World Health
Organizations Public Health Panorama, 6(1).

Good, A., Choma, B., & Russo, F. A. (2017). Movement synchrony influences intergroup
relations in a minimal groups paradigm. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 39(4), 231-238.

Good, A., Gordon, K. A., Papsin, B. C., Nespoli, G., Hopyan, T., Peretz, T., & Russo, F. A.
(2017). Benefits of Music Training in Deaf Children with Cochlear Implants. Ear and Hearing.

Good, A., & Russo, F. A. (2016). Singing promotes cooperation in a diverse group of children.
Social Psychology, 47(6), 340-344.

Good, A., Russo, F. A., & Sullivan, J. (2015). The efficacy of singing in foreign-language
learning. Psychology of Music, 43(5), 627-640.

Good, A., Reed, M. J., & Russo, F. A. (2014). Compensatory plasticity in the deaf brain: Effects
on the perception of music. Brain Sciences, 4(4), 560-574.

Ammirante, P., Russo, F. A., Good, A., & Fels, D. I. (2013). Feeling voices. PloS ONE, 8,