Society for Music Perception and Cognition

SMPC Committees

The Society for Music Perception and Cognition standing committees aid in carrying out the regular business of the organization. Responsibilities for each committee are outlined by section 7 of the SMPC bylaws (click to open PDF). The committees consist of a chair and 2 or more members appointed for 1-2 years by the SMPC President in consultation with SMPC Board

Standing committees include: 

• Anti-Racism & Equity Committee
• Mentorship Committee
• SMPC conference program committee
• SMPC conference local arrangements committee
• Awards Committee (to award SMPC Lifetime achievement award)
• Board Nominating Committee

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Anti-Racism and Equity Committee

Aim: To envision, plan, and deliver sustained programming with the goal of transforming SMPC into an anti-racist and equitable organization, as described in our recent editorial on Embracing Anti-Racist Practices in the Music Perception and Cognition Community.

Meet the Current Committee Members

• Chair: Dominique Vuvan (Current Board Member)

Amy Belfi (Current Board Member)

Daniel Shanahan (Current Board Member)

David Baker

David John Baker is a music researcher who investigates how tools from cognitive psychology and computational musicology can help understand cognition in ways only possible with music. He currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate between the Department of Computing and Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. You can read more about him and his research on his website

Michael Hall

Michael Hall is a professor in the Department of Psychology at James Madison University. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and did postdoctoral research at the University of Washington. His research seeks general perceptual principles for the recognition of musical and speech events, with an emphasis on source-filter contributions to timbre. This work additionally evaluates timbre interactions with other properties (e.g., pitch), as well as how it impacts perceptual organization and attention within complex arrays (see the laboratory’s website). He mentors students within, and is a former director of, JMU’s graduate program in Psychological Sciences. Michael co-edits Auditory Perception & Cognition, a relatively new journal he helped initiate. For several years, he chaired the Auditory Perception, Cognition & Action Meeting (APCAM), and remains a board member for the affiliated Auditory Perception & Cognition Society. He chaired arrangements and program committees for SMPC meetings [Las Vegas (2003) and Montreal (2005), respectively], and is a former president of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, where he fostered multiple DEI initiatives. He also received university-wide recognitions from the JMU Emeriti Association and for teaching at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Gerardo Lopez

Gerry Lopez (he/him/his) is a PhD student in Music Theory at the Ohio State University. Before his time at OSU, he earned an MM in Music Theory from Michigan State University. He also earned a BM and a MM in Flute Performance from the University of Redlands, and earned an AA in Music from Pasadena City College. Current research interests include music cognition, film music, and intersections of music and technology.

Psyche Loui

Psyche Loui is psychology and neuroscience researcher, a musician, Associate Professor of Creativity and Creative Practice at Northeastern University, and Director of the Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Laboratory (MIND Lab).


Swathi Swaminathan

Swathi Swaminathan is a postdoctoral associate at the Brain and Mind Institute in the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.



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Mentorship Committee (currently in development)

Aim: To envision, plan, and deliver programming with the goal of creating and sustaining robust mentorship networks within the SMPC membership, as described in our recent editorial on Embracing Anti-Racist Practices in the Music Perception and Cognition Community.

Current Members: 

• Chair: Adena Schachner (Current Board Member)
• Tanushree Agrawal (Current Board Trainee Member)

May 2021 - Current call for nominations:

The board is soliciting nominations for six (6) new members. Nominations of members at all career stages are welcome. Self-nominations are very welcome!

We see the work of this committee as a tangible way to support inclusivity throughout all stages of scholars’ academic careers, and ensure that all members of our community receive the support they need to engage in research in music perception and cognition. Information about the new committee’s mandate can be seen in SMPC’s bylaws

Please submit your nomination of an SMPC member using this form. All nominations received by June 3rd (noon EST) will receive full consideration.


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Awards Committee

SMPC Lifetime & Achievement Awards

Aim: In 1995, the Society awarded lifetime memberships to Leonard Meyer and Diana Deutsch in recognition of the unique contributions to music perception and cognition. Initiated in 2011, the SMPC Achievement Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of music perception and cognition. The award carries lifetime membership in SMPC. Anyone is eligible for the award, except current SMPC board members. Awards are to be presented at SMPC meetings.

Past Awardees:

• 2017 award: Jay Dowling & David Huron
• 2015 award: Lola Cuddy
• 2013 awards: Mari Reiss Jones & Sandra Trehub
• 2011 awards: Eugene Narmour & Carol Krumhansl
• 1995 (Lifetime Membership Award): Leonard Meyer & Diana Deutsch


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Board Nominating Committee

Aim: The Nominating Committee, which shall review nominations and recommend candidates to stand for all positions on the Board of Directors, based on merit and on contributions to the field. 

Current Members: 

• Chair: Andrea Halpern
• Michael Schutz (SMPC Board Secretary)

July 2021 - Current Call for Nominations

The Secretary calls for nominations for President, Secretary, and Member-at-Large (2). Service to SMPC is critical to the future of our organization, so please considering nominating individuals you feel would help sustain our society. Self nominations are most welcome!

Nominations will be accepted via a Google form (please check your email for the link; Subject: "Call for SMPC Board Nominees (2021)"). All nominations received by noon (EDT) on Aug 16th will receive full consideration.

Qualifications and duties for the open positions are listed in the bylaws (PDF). Questions can be directed to the current Board Secretary ( or the Nominations Committee Chair (


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