Society for Music Perception and Cognition

SMPC 2022 Conference

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Important Dates

• Conference Dates: August 4-7, 2022 
• Abstract Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022 Extended to February 22, 2022 @ 11:59pm Pacific Time (GMT -8) 
• Acceptance notifications: Sent out April 2, 2022  
• Conference Hotel Reservation deadlines: July 12, 2022

Registration (click to visit registration site)

• Early Registration: May 10 - June 15, 2022
• Regular Registration: June 16 - July 15, 2022
• Onsite Registration Rates begin July 16

• The site currently has rates "student" members - this refers to trainee members, which includes Post-Docs!

Award Nomination Deadlines

• Student Research Award: February 15, 2022
• Early Career Research Award and Mentorship Award: April 15, 2022
• Conference Travel and Childcare Grant: May 6, 2022

General Information

Conference Committee

  • Chair: Zachary Wallmark (University of Oregon)

  • Program Committee Chairs: Psyche Loui (Northeastern University) & Daniel Shanahan (The Ohio State University)

Travel Information

Hotel Information

  • Portland Embassy Suites Downtown, Portland, OR, USA (in-person)

    • • Conference Rates: $194/night + tax for double booking, includes free breakfast and nightly evening reception. Click here to make reservations.
      • Hotel reservation deadline July 12, 2022
      • Location: Embassy Suites Downtown is located 12 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX)

      • • By rideshare this is around $20
        • By light-rail (MAX train - Red Line), it is $2.50 with station one block from the hotel (Oak Street/SW 1st)

Getting to Portland

  • • By car: Portland is located approximately 3 hours by car from Seattle; 2 hours from Eugene; 10 hours from San Francisco Bay Area

  • • By plane: Approximate airfare from various cities - 

    • • NYC: $500
      • Los Angeles: $300
      • San Francisco: $150
      • Montreal: $350
      • Chicago: $450
      • Boston: $600
      • Sydney: $1250
      • London: $1250
      • Tel Aviv: $1500
      • Tokyo: $1600

What to Do in Portland:

Submissions: Formats & Review

Format for individual submissions

Abstracts for presentations should be no longer than 300 words and should describe the motivation, methodology, results, and implications to the degree that this information is available at the time of submission. Empirical contributions should refer to the stimuli/corpus, methodology, and data collected (NOTE: abstracts that include analyzed results, as opposed to promissory speculations about data not yet analyzed, will be preferred in the review process). Theoretical contributions are also welcome, provided that the connection to music perception and cognition is made clear through discussion of aims, methods, and/or results.

NOTE: As we are using a blind review process, do not include any author names in the abstract.

Format for symposium proposals

We welcome proposals for symposia or panel discussions. Symposia or panels are proposed as a whole, rather than as a set of individual submissions. Two general formats are available, as described below. In both cases we are using a double-blind review, so please make sure that no author names are included in this document.

For all symposium or panel discussion proposals, please provide a brief description (no more than 300 words) of the theme, goals, and merits of the session as a whole. Copy and paste this description into the plain text box on the submission website, with the lead organizer as author. The two distinct formats are as follows:

Integrated special session. This comprises a set of 3-4 presentations that are closely related in content and thoughtfully integrated and framed by a session rationale. Each presentation occupies a regular presentation time slot. The Program Committee reserves the right to consider each presentation separately and to program a presentation with or without the others from that proposed session. Each component of an integrated special session proposal should include a 300-word abstract, and these abstracts should be combined into a single pdf and submitted as a supplemental document via the submission website, clearly identifying the title of the special session to which the abstracts belong. 

Alternative-format special session. This comprises a set of presentations organized in a non-standard way, e.g., a panel discussion, workshop, “flipped” session, “lightning talk” session, etc. Because individual contributions typically do not fall within standard presentation time slots, such sessions are accepted or rejected in toto. A supplemental pdf should be uploaded, either with brief descriptions of the symposium’s individual components or with more detail on the symposium than the 300-word abstract will allow.

Review Process

Each submitted abstract will be peer-reviewed by 2 to 3 reviewers. Please make sure to select subject areas accurately, as that is how reviewers will be matched. The review process will be double-blind, so keep in mind that reviewers will only see the title and abstract.

NEW: SMPC Conference Awards

To learn about other awards, please see our awards page

SMPC Student Research Award

You may choose to have your abstract be considered for the Student Research Award, by checking a box to indicate that you are eligible during abstract submission.

This new award has been established to recognize the contributions of students (undergraduate, graduate, or postbaccalaureate researchers) at SMPC meetings. Award recipients will receive free registration to the SMPC conference, and will be recognized at SMPC in an award ceremony.

All undergraduate, post baccalaureate, and graduate students who are first authors on an SMPC 2022 abstract submission are eligible to apply. Self-nominations will occur during abstract submissions (please check eligibility box in the CMT during submission). Finalists for the award will be asked to submit a 3-5 minute long video presentation of their work after abstract acceptance (around late March 2022), and which will be due 1 to 2 months before the conference (deadline TBD). 

Award decisions will be made by the program committee, together with an ad-hoc committee including members of the SMPC Committee for Mentorship and Anti-Racism & Equity Committee, based on the abstracts and videos. Finalists will be able to opt-in to sharing their videos afterward, e.g. through SMPC social media channels.

SMPC Travel and Childcare Grant

The Travel and Childcare Grant has been established by the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC) to support up to the full the cost of travel to the SMPC meeting, including the cost of childcare, on the basis of merit and need. 

Potential recipients must meet one or more of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for a travel award:

To be eligible, the applicant must be a first-author or presenting author of work accepted for presentation at the conference. After abstracts have been accepted, individuals should send application materials to with the subject line “Travel Award Application - [Applicant’s name]” by May 6th, 2022.

Application emails should provide name, affiliation, contact address, e-mail, as well as the following additional information:

  • (a) their status, for eligibility for the award (student/unwaged/partially waged/ from Global South or LMIC)
  • (b) their nationality
  • (c) their country of current residence
  • (d) the amount of funding they are seeking, with an approximate itemized budget
  • (e) why other sources of funding are not available to meet their needs; e.g. additional funding mechanisms they have applied for; or the lack of such opportunities.
  • (f) A copy of their accepted conference abstract.

Decisions will be made by an ad-hoc committee including members of the Mentorship Committee, Program Committee and Anti-Racism and Equity Committee. When selecting awardees, the committee is expected to consider equity, diversity and inclusion, by ensuring that awardees include members of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to: Indigenous Peoples, racialized minorities, persons with disabilities, women, first generation students, and researchers from the Global South/low- and middle-income countries.