The Society for Music Perception and Cognition is a not-for-profit organization for researchers and others interested in music perception and cognition.
The Society hosts biennial conferences, providing opportunities for members of the research community to present new research in the area of music cognition. Information about SMPC 2011 (which was held Aug. 11-14, 2011 in Rochester, NY) is available online at: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/smpc2011.
Past meetings have been held in a variety of cities, hosted by different institutions. In addition, SMPC cooperates with other organizations in music cognition to host international conferences.
The International Conference on Music Perception & Cognition (ICMPC), an associated international conference involving seven national societies is held on alternate years. The 12th ICMPC was held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki, Greece, from July 23-28, 2012, organized by the Department of Music Studies, School of Fine Arts, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music. Visit the conference website for more information: http://icmpc-escom2012.web.auth.gr/.
Andrea Halpern has been involved with Music Psychology for her entire professional life. She entered the field early in its development, and in those earlier years contributed fundamental behavioral work on memory and perception of musical structure. One of her major research interests is auditory imagery for music, both behaviorally and more recently using methods of cognitive neuroscience. She is also interested interested in the relationship between aging and music cognition and in implicit memory for music. In addition to serving on the SMPC Board, she is an Associate Editor of the journal Music Perception. She teaches and conducts research (mostly with undergraduates) at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, where she offers courses in Music Perception, Cognitive Aging, Cognition, and course on professional issues in behavioral research.
Ed Large's research areas include nonlinear dynamical systems, auditory neuroscience, and music psychology. He uses theoretical modeling in conjunction with behavioral, neurophysiological and neuroimaging techniques to understand how people respond to complex, temporally structured sequences such as music and speech. He and his colleagues have pioneered the idea that attention is a dynamic, and inherently rhythmic process. He has applied these ideas to explain the rhythmic structure of music, and its interaction with brain dynamics. His current research projects include auditory pattern recognition and learning, perception of tonality in music, auditory brainstem neurodynamics, cortical dynamics of attention, perception of rhythm in music and speech, rhythmic interactions in nonhuman primates and emotional communication in music. Ed received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1994, and he did his postdoctoral work at University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor of Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University, where he was named Researcher of the Year in 2008. He serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience and Music Perception, and on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function. He has previously served on the boards of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and the Fulbright Association of South Florida. He is a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner and a Fulbright Scholar.
Peter Q. Pfordresher is associate professor of psychology and head of the cognitive area at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. He holds a BA from Georgetown University, an MSc from University College London and a PhD from the Ohio State University, all in psychology. His research focuses on the relationship between perception and action in the context of music and has appeared in journals such as Music Perception, Psychological Review, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. Specific lines of research include the role of auditory feedback in music performance, sensorimotor bases of poor-pitch singing, cognitive mechanisms for retrieval of music during performance, and the interplay between melody and rhythm during perception and production. He is co-author (with Siu-Lan Tan and Rom Harré) of the recent textbook Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance (Psychology Press, 2010). His service to the field includes serving as associate editor for two journals: Music Perception and Psychological Research,and as a consulting editor for Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.
Devin McAuley is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University (MSU) and Director of the MSU Cognitive Science Program. Devin completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University and went on to post-doctoral training in psychology at the University of Queensland and the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, Devin was at Bowling Green State University from 1999 – 2009, where he served for four years as Director of the Center for Neuroscience, Mind & Behavior. Research interests include tempo and rhythm perception, auditory cognition, cross-modal processing, and music-language relationships. His work has received support from funding sources that include NSF, NIH, and the GRAMMY Foundation. Devin is currently Associate Editor for the journal Music Perception and serves as a Consulting Editor for Attention, Perception & Psychophysics.
John Iversen is a cognitive neuroscientist studying music and the brain. After undergraduate studies in Physics at Harvard, John received graduate degrees in Philosophy of Science and in Speech at Cambridge, and received a PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from MIT. After a decade at The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, he is currently an Assoiate Project Scientist in the Institute for Neural Computation and the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience. His work has focused on the study of rhythm perception and production in music and language, spanning behavioral and neuroscience approaches. His work has addressed the role of culture in rhythm perception, whether rhythm perception is specially tied to the auditory sense, and brain mechanisms involved in generating the perceived beat in music. Increasingly he is directing this work towards applications to medicine and education. He is currently directing the SIMPHONY project at UCSD, a longitudinal study of the effect of music training on children's brain and cognitive development. Woven through this work is a desire to understand how we actively shape our perceptions of the world. John draws from a background in physics and neuroscience and a life-long interest in percussion, which currently finds expression through Japanese taiko drum performance with San Diego Taiko, a group that he co-founded in 2004.
Petr Janata is on the faculty in the Psychology Department and Center for Mind and Brain at UC Davis. He received his B.A. from Reed College and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. After investigating song perception and song learning in songbirds as a post-doc at the University of Chicago, he went to Dartmouth College and incorporated functional neuroimaging methods into his music perception research. His projects have examined expectation, imagery, sensorimotor coupling, memory, and emotion in relation to tonal, rhythmic, and timbral information. In 2010 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to do research at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague, and in the same year he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to further his investigation of what music-evoked autobiographical memories can tell us about the functional organization of the brain.
Nina Kraus, Ph.D., Hugh Knowles Professor, (Communication Sciences; Neurobiology & Physiology; Otolaryngology) at Northwestern University, directs the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Kraus investigates biological bases of speech and music. She investigates learning-associated brain plasticity throughout the lifetime in normal, expert (musicians), clinical populations (dyslexia; autism; hearing loss) and animal models. In addition to being a pioneering thinker who bridges multiple disciplines (aging, development, literacy, music, and learning), Dr. Kraus is a technological innovator who roots her research in translational science.
Scott D. Lipscomb, an SMPC member since 1990, is Associate Professor & Division Head of Music Education & Music Therapy at the University of Minnesota (UMN), where he also serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies & Associate Director for the UMN School of Music. In addition to his primary research interest in multimedia cognition, he is currently collaborating on a variety of investigations related to surround sound presentation of movies and music, the effect of music in video game contexts, integration of technology in the music classroom, and music integration across the K-12 curriculum. Scott has presented results of his research at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and his work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. He is co-editor for a volume entitled The psychology of music in multimedia (Oxford University Press; anticipated publication Spring 2013).
Leigh VanHandel is Associate Professor and Area Chair of Music Theory at Michigan State University, where she collaborates with Devin McAuley's research group. Her primary research interests include music-language relationships, computer applications in music research, rhythm and meter, and how research in music cognition can inform music theory pedagogy. She has published articles in Music Perception, Empirical Musicology Review, and the Journal of New Music Research. Her degrees in music theory come from the Ohio State University, Stony Brook, and Stanford University. In her copious amounts of spare time, she has recently taken up roller derby and skates with the Lansing Derby Vixens.
Janet Bourne is a fourth-year PhD student in Music Theory and Cognition at Northwestern University under the supervision of Richard Ashley. She graduated summa cum laude from the honors program at George Mason University in 2010 with a BA in music and minors in linguistics and theater. Broadly, she is interested in the cognitive processes behind listeners' inference of musical communication and emotion, especially how it may be connected to language (the music-and-language connection). More specifically, she is interested in how analogical processing plays a part in the perception of musical "categories," how mental representations of music (schema theory) may be similar to mental representations of language, and how composers can play with these musical "categories" to create different effects.
Andrea Halpern: 2012-2013
Aniruddh Patel: 2009-2011
William F. Thompson: 2007-2008
Mari Riess Jones: 2005-2006
Ric Ashley: 2002-2004
Lola Cuddy: 2000-2002
Carol Krumhansl: 1999-2000
Eugene Narmour: 1995-1998
David Wessel: 1992-1995
Diana Deutsch: 1990-1992