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Recent news relating to music perception and cognition:

Scientific American 60-Second Science about research from Northwestern University showing links between rhythm and reading skills in preschool children

NPR talks with researchers from Northwestern University and their collaborators at Harmony Project about a recent longitudinal research study assessing the impact of music education on neural processing of speech.

A discussion of beat deafness on NPR featuring Jessica Phillips-Silver

Interviews with music cognition researchers on CBC about tone deafness


Recent SMPC updates are posted below, please see Events and Job and Student Opportunities for further details on these postings

September 24, 2014
1.      CALL FOR PAPERS: Music Perception special issue on BKN25
2.      FACULTY POSITION: Tufts University, Cognitive Neuroscience
3.      FACULTY POSITION: University of Louisville, Assistant professor in hearing science/auditory perception
4.      CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Auditory cognitive neuroscience society, Tuscon Arizona
5.      POSTDOC POSITION: University of Western Sydney
7.      PhD SCHOLARSHIPS: Music cognition, University of Western Sydney

September 10, 2014
1.      CONFERENCE NEWS: SMPC 2015 conference site is live
2.      Ph.D. FELLOWSHIP: Department of Information Technologies and Communications, Barcelona
3.      SENIOR SCIENTIST POSITION: Philips Research in Eindhoven
4.      CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on mathematics and computation in music, Queen Mary University of London
5.      FACULTY POSITION: Assistant Professor in Developmental Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon
6.      FACULTY POSITION: Neuroscience, University of Nevada Las Vegas
7.      REMINDER: Deadline approaching, International conference on multimodal experience of music
8.      CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Tenth biennial Suncoast music education research symposium, Tampa, Florida

August 27, 2014
1.      CONFERENCE NEWS: ESCOM 2015 dates, location, and website
2.      UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT: McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, grand opening of LIVE lab and NeuroMusic conference.

August 13, 2014
1.      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto
2.      POSITIONS IN MUSIC COGNITION: Dresden University of Technology (TU Dresden, Germany)

July 23, 2014
1.      POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS: Empirical aesthetics, Max-Planck Institute (Frankfurt)
2.      CALL FOR PAPERS: London piano symposium
3.      RELATED SOCIETY INFORMATION: Website for Australian Music and Psychology Society
4.      FACULTY POSITIONS: Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga

July 2, 2014
2.      POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Sound perception, U. Pennsylvania (Yale Cohen)

(1) The SMPC Facebook page is alive again!
In 2009, then student board member Dana Strait initiated a Facebook page for SMPC that has not been active recently. But now it is officially back. Those who are interested can join, make posts, etc. at

(2) We are proud to announce that Jessica Grahn has agreed to serve as program chair for SMPC 2015, at Vanderbilt University (August 1-5). She joins local events chair Elizabeth Dykes and co-chair Reyna Gordon. Thanks to all who have agreed to serve for what will be a terrific conference!

June 18, 2014

1. CALL FOR PAPERS: APCAM 2014, Long Beach, CA
2. CONFERENCE INFORMATION: 3rd International Conference of the International Association for Music & Medicine
3. CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Mozart and the power of music: Memory, Myth & Magic (The musical brain), Senate House, London
4. EXCHANGE FELLOWSHIPS: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience

June 4, 2014

1.      5 POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS: Brain and Mind Institute, Western University, Ontario
2.      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: Cognitive neuroscience of hearing and communication, Western University, Ontario
3.      Ph.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Aix-Marseilles University, France
4.      CALL FOR PAPERS: 9TH Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, “Technology”, Berlin

May 21, 2014

1.      POSTDOCTORAL POSITION: Auditory Neuroscience (rhythm), BRAMS
2.      CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Multimodal Experiences of Music, Sheffield, UK
3.      NEW GRADUATE PROGRAM: M.Sc. in Sound and Music Computing, University of London

May 7, 2014
1.      CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS: Symposium on the Improvising Brain II: Multiple Perspectives, Atlanta, Georgia
2.      PH.D. POSITIONS: Sound and Music Computing, University of Padova
3.      SAVE THE DATES: Two events at McMaster (Grand opening of the LIVE lab, NeuroMusic Conference)

April 23, 2014
1.      EARLY REGISTRATION:  Milestones in Music Cognition
2.      SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT: Music “nanosymposium” at the Society for Neuroscience meeting
3.      POSTDOC POSITIONS: Human communication, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

April 9, 2014
1.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: Lab Coordinator, Auditory Cognition and Development Lab, UNLV
2.      SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT / CALL FOR POSTERS: Symposium on Language and Music; Selected Topics in Sensorimotor Integration, Montreal Neurological Institute
3.      SYMPOSIUM ANNOUNCEMENT: Neurodynamics of language and music, University of Helsinki

March 26, 2014
1.      CALL FOR PAPERS: Systematic Musicology Student Conference, London UK
2.      STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Summer School in Pitch, Music, and Associated Pathologies; Lyon, France
3.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: CIRMMT Director Search, McGill University
4.      CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Midwest Music Information Retrieval, Northwestern University
5.      REMINDER: Neuroscience of Music V

March 12, 2014
1.      CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: International Association for Music & Medicine, University of Toronto
2.      CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: Colloquium, “Improvisation and the Politics of Everyday Sounds: Cornelius Cardew and Beyond”
3.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: University assistant in Systematic Musicology, University of Graz

February 26, 2014
1.      POSTDOC AND FACULTY POSITIONS: Chinese Unviersity of Hong Kong
2.      PH.D. POSITION: Music and movement, Jyväskylä, Finland
3.      UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
4.      POSTDOC POSITION: Music and Audio Computing, Taiwan
5.      SYMPOSIUM / CALL FOR POSTERS: Milestones in Music Cognition.

February 12, 2014
1.      CALL FOR PAPERS: Special issue of Psychomusicology
2.      STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Research projects on crossmodal and embodied music psychology, University of Sheffield

January 29, 2014

1. SOCIETY NEWS: SMPC conference host for 2015
The SMPC Board is pleased to announce that SMPC 2015 will be hosted at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Elizabeth Dykens has agreed to serve as conference chair, with Dr. Reyna Gordon serving as conference co-chair. More details will be forthcoming as the conference chairs make further arrangements.
The tentative dates for the conference are August 6-10, 2015, so factor that into your advance plans!
2.  STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: SMC / ICMC Summer School in Computational Music Analysis

January 15, 2014
1.      CALL FOR POSTERS: Neurosciences and Music V (Dijon, France)

January 1, 2014
1.      SOCIETY NEWS: New SMPC president, Edward Large
2.      CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Music Mind Meaning, the Peabody Institute of Music, Johns Hopkins University
3.      PH.D. STUDENTSHIP: Musical Acoustics, University of Edinburg
4.      REMINDER: ICMPC call for papers

December 11, 2013
1.      SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENT: Mary Farbood and Michael Schutz elected to SMPC Board
2.      CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Music and Consciousness, Oxford University
3.      INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Queen’s University (RISE internship)
4.      M.SC. STUDENTSHIP: Music and Sound Compuing, Aalborg University
5.      MASTER’S DEGREE TRAINING PROGRAMS: University of Jyväskylä, Finland
6.      PH.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Music Cognition Lab, University of London

November 27, 2013
1.      CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: North East Music Information Special Interest Group
2.      PhD STUDENTSHIP: (Music Information Retrieval) Queen Mary School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
3.      CALL FOR PAPERS: Yale Graduate Music Symposium

November 13, 2013

1.      CALL FOR STUDENT/POSTDOC APPLICATIONS: Erasmus Mundus exchange network
2.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant/Associate professor in auditory neuroscience (including music)
3.      1 YEAR FUNDED POSITION: Music Engineering Technology, Miami FL

October 30, 2013

1.      GRADUATE AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS: Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
3.      JOURNAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Back issues of Musicae Scientiae digitized
4.      CONFERENCE PROGRAM AVAILABLE: Music & Health Conference and Symposia
5.      CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN: Neuromusic V (Dijon, France)

October 14, 2013
1.      REMINDER: Abstract deadline for 2013 MIMM Neuromusic conference -October 15th
2.      ANNOUNCEMENT: Change of editorship, Empirical Musicology Review
3.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: Tenure track position in music theory, Tufts University
4.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: Assistant professor of neuroscience, UNLV
5.      JOB OPPORTUNITY: Administrative/Research Assistant Position, LIVE Lab, McMaster University
6.      CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2015 Special issue, Musicae Scientiae

ANNOUNCEMENT: Change of editorship, Empirical Musicology Review

Empirical Musicology Review ( is under new editorship and has moved to a new publishing system. The journal makes use of the Open Journal System as a way of facilitating the submission of articles and the review process, and which provides more ways of accessing articles.
The current editors are Nicola Dibben and Renee Timmers. Previous editors include David Butler and Peter Keller.

Empirical Musicology Review (EMR) aims to facilitate communication and debate between scholars engaged in systematic and observation-based music scholarship and welcomes submissions with an emphasis on systematic methods, such as hypothesis-testing, modeling, and controlled observation. A wide range of topics are considered related to music and musical behaviour investigated from different perspectives including historical, social, political, cultural, economic, perceptual, and biological. For instance, the current issue contains contributions on expression of sadness through melodic interval reduction, and beat synchronisation by horses. Cross-overs between disciplines are in particular welcomed. The journal  pioneers a "Public Peer Review" practice that is intended to encourage scholarly dialog and reward reviewers for timely and thoughtful engagement with submissions. The journal is published four times per year by The Ohio State University Libraries and provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

September 18, 2013
1.      PhD STUDENTSHIP: Aalborg University, Denmark (Machine Modelling of Musical Creativity)
2.      PhD STUDENTSHIP: Tufts University (Comparative Auditory Cognition)
3.      CALL FOR PAPERS: The Wind Project
4.      CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Four events at University of Toronto

September 4, 2013
1.      RESEARCH POSITION: Audio communication group, Technische Universität Berlin
2.      REMINDER: Job opportunity at the University of Toronto

August 7, 2013
1. CALL FOR SYMPOSIA: Neuroscience and music V – cognitive stimulation and rehabilitation
2. JOB OPPORTUNITY: Director of music and health research collaboratory, University of Toronto

July 24, 2013
1.      CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: IEM Graz Music Residency Program 2014
3.      POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS: Aalborg University

July 20, 2013

Call for proposals for ICMPC 2016

The International Conference on Music Cognition and Perception takes place every two years. Responsibility for the conference rotates among three major music psychology regional societies: ESCOM (which organized the highly successful 2012 meeting in Thessaloniki), APSCOM (hosting the 2014 meeting in Seoul) and SMPC, which will be responsible for the 2016 meeting. The call is now open for any interested person or consortium associated with SMPC to submit a proposal for a conference to be held in North America in the summer (July to mid August) of 2016.

Guidelines for the conference may be found here, and questions may be directed to members of the ICMPC Executive Committee. This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight researchers based in North America while at the same time hosting researchers and students from all over the world. Proposals are due November 15, 2013 and should be submitted to SMPC Secretary Peter Pfordresher at pqp <at> The SMPC Board of Directors will review proposals before passing on one (or possibly more) to ICMPC Board for discussion and approval.

Questions about organizing ICMPC may be directed to past conference organizer and current ICMPC Executive member Steve Demorest at demorest <at>

July 10, 2013
1.      SYMPOSIUM: Milestones in music cognition: A Quarter-Century Celebration of Books by Bregman, Krumhansl and Narmour

2.      CONFERENCE: Music, Mind, and Medicine: Creativity and Consciousness in Clinical Care

3.      CONFERENCE: 3rd International Conference of IAMM, June 24-27, 2014 at the University of Toronto

4.      CONFERENCE: Worlds in Collision: Music and the Trauma of War (The Musical Brain)

5.      CONFERENCE: Embodied Music Cognition

6.      CALL FOR AUTHORS: Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: An Encyclopedia

7.      POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: Goldsmiths University of London