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About Natalie

The Science and Art of Self-Expression

Melbourne-born Natalie Christie Peluso is an emerging researcher in the psychology and neuroscience of social intelligence, an internationally successful operatic soprano, and master voice teacher. She brings her unique expertise in breathing, voice, presence, and body awareness to both her scientific research and clients, combining the latest neuroscientific evidence with her deep experiential and methodological expertise to lift the voices of others worldwide. 



Natalie Christie Peluso is currently undertaking her PhD at The University of Queensland, under the supervision of Dr Jessica Taubert (ARC Future Fellow). With over 20 years of international acclaim as an opera singer and voice teacher, Natalie is now channeling this deeply-rooted expertise into an ambitious research program to explore how our expressive intentions and inferences impact our social intelligence. In particular, she is an emerging specialist in the phenomenology and neuroscience of voluntary breathing, and its effects on cognition, emotion, interoception, and behaviour.


She graduated in 2023 with First Class Honours from The University of Queensland (Bachelor of Psychological Science), adding to her Bachelor of Music from The University of Melbourne and her postgraduate studies in opera and voice at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She published two scientific papers as an undergraduate (including as first, first-author), and has presented her work at conferences for both the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (2023) and Australasian Psychophysiology Society (2022). 

Natalie currently serves on the Executive Committees of the Australian Society for Psychophysiology, the Australian Music and Psychology Society, and the Committee to Promote Students Interests for the Society for Psychophysiological Research. She is also a member of the UQ Music, Health and Wellbeing research group (led by Professor Genevieve Dingle).

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