Society for Music Perception and Cognition


Recent news relating to music perception and cognition:

Dr. Reyna Gordon receives $2.3 million NIH Director’s New Innovator Award for foundational and translational studies on rhythmic communication.

Aniruddh Patel receives Guggenheim Fellowship Professor Aniruddh Patel receives Guggenheim Fellowship to complete a book on evolution of music cognition.

Trained Musicians Make Better Decisions New research finds there's an advantage to starting music lessons in late childhood.

Music is not for the ears An essay by Elizabeth Margulis on the experience of music

New Ways Into the Brain's 'Music Room' A story from the New York Times about recent music research from M.I.T.

The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake A story from NPR about how the brain tunes into musical rhythm, and recent research from David Poeppel's lab at NYU.

Reyna Gordon talks to NPR about her research investigating links connections between rhythm and grammar.

Who says you can't mix neuroscience and opera? An interview with Indre Viskontas about her hybrid career as a neuroscientist, science communicator and operatic soprano.

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

January 23rd, 2019 
1. Extension to submission date for 2019 SMPC Meeting
2. Call for Applications: Harvard Music Lab Summer Internship 2019
3. Call for Submissions in Special Issue "Advances in the Neurocognition of Music and Language"
4. The Predictive Brain Conference
5. First International Workshop on Multilayer Music Representation and Processing (MMRP19)

January 9th, 2019
1. A Note from Past President Justin London
2. Submissions Now Being Accepted for Rhythm Perception and Production Workshop
3. Postdoc and PhD Students: Max Planck Research Group "Neural and Environmental Rhythms" Openings
4. Recruiting Masters Level Students: Impact of Aging on Speech and/or Music Perception
5. Deadline extended to Jan. 15th -- 2019 Society for Neuroscience of Creativity (SfNC) Meeting
6. Call for submissions: 2019 SMPC Meeting (reminder)
7. New positions in the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab

December 12th, 2018
1. RPPW 2019 Call for papers
2. Support for super linguists: Marie Curie Master Class
3. Call for submissions: 2019 SMPC Meeting
4. SMPC website: Problem fixed!

December 4th, 2018
1. Call for Submissions: 2019 SMPC Meeting

November 14th, 2018
1. Postdoc in Amusia and Autism at the University of Reading
2. PhD and Postdoc positions relevant for super linguists
3. Postdoc Research Associate at VT Mind Music Machine Lab
4. New book by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis
5. PhD Position on Cultural Evolution of Music at Durham University
6. Postdoctoral Fellow Position: Language, Rhythm, and Social Engagement in Young Children with and without ASD

October 31st, 2018
1. PhD Position at The Acoustic Research Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2. PhD Program Announcement, University of Memphis, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
3. PhD Opportunity at Princeton University
4. Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Cognitive Neuroscience), University of California
5. New journal: Auditory Perception & Cognition (AP&C)
6. The MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab at McMaster University has two openings for graduate trainees beginning Fall 2019.
7. Research Assistant Position at the Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics Lab
8. PhD and Postdoc Positions at the Digital and Cognitive Musicology Lab

October 24th, 2018
1. New Journal: Auditory Perception & Cognition
2. PhD and postdoc position at EPFL
3. Graduate training opportunity at MAPLE Lab

October 10th, 2018
1. Outreach and Science Communication Coordinator/Administrative Lab Manager
2. Tenured / Tenure-Track / Full Professor Opening in Music Technology at Northeastern University
3. Spring School on language and music cognition February 2019
4. Congratulations to Reyna Gordon on receiving an NIH New Innovator Award

September 26th, 2018
1. Ph.D. position in the Neuroscience Department of the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt, Germany.
2. Openings for graduate trainees in the MAPLE (Music, Acoustics, Perception and LEarning) lab

September 12th, 2018
1. The 17th Annual Rhythm Production and Perception Workshop (RPPW)
2. PhD positions for researchers with a background in music or dance psychology, music or movement science, psychology or a related field
3. The Peretz Lab ( at the International Laboratory for Brain, Music, and Sound Research ( in Montreal is recruiting a postdoc with a flexible start date.
4. The McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind announces the14th Annual NeuroMusic Conference

August 29th, 2018
1. APCAM 2018, call for submissions
2. PhD position within the nordicSMC University at University of Iceland
3. Postdoctoral positions in Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

August 1st, 2018
1. Call for participation: Music note prediction: Computational modeling task

July 4th, 2018
1. Book Announcement: The Origins of Musicality

June 20th, 2018
1. Postdoc Position in Music-related Performance Science and Musicians' Medicine
2. Postdoctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience and Music: Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan
3. New Co-Director of BRAMS

June 6th, 2018
1. Postdoctoral Fellowship positions: Analysis, creation and teaching of orchestration (ACTOR)
2. Timbre 2018: Timbre Is a Many-Splendored Thing, 4-7 July 2018

May 23rd, 2018
1. Two post-doctoral fellowships in orchestration research at McGill University

May 9th, 2018
1. Full-time Music Faculty Position at the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Music

April 25th, 2018
1. Vanderbilt Research Analyst Positions
2. Regrets: Passing of Professor Andrzej Rakowski
3. Full-time PhD in Music Cognition: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
4. ICMPC15/ESCOM10: Early registration for remote participation

March 28th, 2018
1. Open PhD positions related to Nordic Sound and Music Computing University Hub
2. Workshop announcement - Linguistic Explorations Beyond Language: Music, Dance and Visual Narrative
3. Associate/Assistant Professor at Center for Music in the Brain
4. Call for Submissions: American Music Therapy Association national conference

March 14th, 2018
1. 2 PhD Positions in Sound and Music Computing at KTH
2. Music Theory and Music Cognition: A Conference in Honor of Fred Lerdahl
3. Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Biological and Medical Psychology, University of Bergen
4. Methods in Empirical Music Research: A Workshop for Music Scholars

February 28th, 2018
1. Postdoc: Perception and computational modeling of orchestration
2. Postdoc: Music Cognition Laboratory - Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Scarborough
3. Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology: Meaning and music

February 14th, 2018
1. WARNING: Scam ICMPC Website
2. ICASE PhD studentship: Music Data Science for Music Recommendation and Discovery
3. Conference Announcement: The Unification of the Arts: Neurocognitive Perspectives on What the Arts Share and Why

January 31st, 2018
1. Postdoctoral position: Perception and computational modeling of musical orchestration
2. Job opportunity: Senior researcher "Music, Health, and Wellbeing"
3. Job offer: Postdoc. in Neuroscience of Music in Paris

January 17th, 2018
1. Genetics and Neurobiology of Language Course CSHL July/August 2018
2. "Advances in the Neurocognition of Music and Language" - call for contributions to Special Issue in Brain Sciences

January 3rd, 2018
1. 2nd International Symposium on Music and Cochlear Implant Research

December 20th, 2017
1. Call For Papers: Midwestern Graduate Music Consortium, April 2018
2. SMPC and UCP Music Perception individual subscription discount offer

December 6th, 2017
1. ERC PhD Studentship on Cross-linguistic Studies of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
2. Assistant Professor in Music/Sound and Data Science at NYU, Tenure Track
3. Western Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fund: Deadline January 31 2018
4. Position: Postdoctoral Associate in Music Cognition, Western University

November 22nd, 2017
1. Harvard-MIT graduate program in Speech and Hearing Science and Biotechnology
2. Postdoctoral Position at McGill University: Temporal dynamics of group interaction
3. Call for papers: SysMus18, 6-8 June 2018 (deadline: 15 December 2017)
4. NYU Steinhardt Assistant Professor Opening: Department of Music and Performing Arts

November 8th, 2017
1. SMPC Book Announcement: Second Edition of Psychology of Music: From Sound to Significance by Siu-Lan Tan, Peter Pfordresher, and Rom Harré
2. Postdoctoral Fellow Position at John's Hopkins
3. ICMPC15/ESCOM10, 23-28 July 2018: Abstract submission (deadline: 20 November 2017)

October 25th, 2017
1. Northwestern Bienen School of Music: Faculty Position
2. Masters and PhD funding at UCL, Birkbeck, and SOAS
3. MAPLE lab at McMaster: Graduate training opportunity in auditory perception
4. University of Western Ontario: Post-doc position in Cognitive Neuroscience of Hearing
5. University of South Florida: Doctoral (Ph.D.) Assistantships in Music Education
6. University of Amsterdam: SMART Workshop on The Musical Phenotype
7. Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology 2018
8. Brain and Creativity Institute: PhD student position
9. University of California, Merced: Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

October 11th, 2017
1. MAPLE lab MSc/PhD student position
2. Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology: Durham University

September 27th, 2017
1. PhD position available researching narrative experiences of music
2. PhD student positions in auditory cognition
3. University Assistant (post doc) at the Music & Health Lab - University of Vienna
4. Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology – Durham University

September 13th, 2017
1. Revised NU job: Now open rank, electronic submission of materials
2. Call for contributions: Together in music (12-14 April, York, UK)
3. 2 Post-Doc/Research positions at IRCAM & L2S: MIR, audio music content analysis, jazz

August 30th, 2017
1. Routledge Companion to Music Cognition
2. Positions available in the Music Lab at Harvard University
3. Reminder AMPS2017 incorporating ICME5 Call for papers - deadline Sept. 2, 2017
4. Free large-scale dataset of annotated musical notes from Google
5. Postdoc/Research positions in Audio Music Content Analysis, University of Paris Saclay
6. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sydney, Australia

August 16th, 2017
1.Call for papers - Timbre 2018
2. Faculty Positions in Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Memphis
3. 3rd Conference of the Australian Music & Psychology Society & 5th International Conference on Music and Emotion (ICME)
4. Call for papers - ICMPC15 ESCOM10
5. Postdoc position, University of Edinburgh
6. Postdoc/Research positions in Audio Music Content Analysis, University of Paris Saclay

August 2nd, 2017
1. Postdoc Position in Psychology at University of Reading
2. Faculty Position in Music at Northwestern University
3. Audio Mostly Programme Announcement
4. Research staff position opening at the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab

July 19th, 2017
1. PostDoc and PhD Positions, Center for Behavioral Brain Sciences (CBBS), Magdeburg University
2. PostDoc, PhD, and Masters Positions, RITMO Research Centre, Univeristy of Oslo
3. PostDoc Positions, BrainsCAN, Univerity of Western Ontario

July 5th, 2017
1. Full professorship "Psychology of Auditory Cognition" at RWTH Aachen University, Germany
2. BISH Bash Meetup: looking for future hosts
3. Call for papers: Rhythm and synchrony in animal movement and communication
4. Music Technology Upcoming Conferences & Journals Website
5. Extended deadline: MML 2017 10th International Workshop on Machine Learning and Music
6. Journal of Sonic Studies - New issue now available

June 21st, 2017
1. 1st Intl. Workshop on Multimodal Interaction for Education (MIE 2017)
2. Special event on Autism and Music on 26th June 2017 at the University of Reading
3. Student positions in auditory and music cognitive neuroscience and autism in Montreal
4. KOSMOS Workshop - Emerging Synchronization in Music Cognition
5. Stanford Music and the Brain Symposium, Saturday July 15
6. Job opening at Yousician: Music transcription algorithm developer
7. Analytical Approaches to World Music 2018 Conference

June 7th, 2017
1. Postdoc Position, Temporal Dynamics, McGill University
2. $40k p.a. Scholarships in music science at UNSW, Australia, due 21 July 2017

May 26th, 2017
1. Postdoc Position at IMM, Dresden, Germany
2. Transactions of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval, the Open Access ISMIR Journal
3. ERC PhD Studentship on Emotion Processing in Amusia and Autism
4. MML 2017 10th International Workshop on Machine Learning and Music (Call for Papers)

May 3rd, 2017
1. Neural Entrainment and Rhythm Dynamics (NERD) – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - TODAY
2. Audio Mostly 2017: Deadline Extension - Friday May 5th
3. Professor in Music and Health, Royal College of Music, Stockholm - May 10th
4. Director of the Laboratory for Science and Technologies for Music and Sound, Paris
5. Call For Papers: What Is That Song? Audio Fingerprinting and Beyond

April 19th, 2017
1.Neural Entrainment and Rhythm Dynamics (NERD) – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2.3rd Workshop on Intelligent Music Production (WIMP 2017): Call for Papers
3.Vanderbilt staff positions
4.First International Workshop on Motor Learning for Music Performance (MOTION2017)
5.Open PhD positions in Vienna - Cognition & Communication
6.Abstract deadline for the 1st TRF Conference
7.Postdoc in emotional music classification research at SUTD Singapore
8. CMMR 2017, Porto & Matosinhos, Portugal, September 25th-28th -- Deadline Extension

April 6th, 2017
1.Call for papers for a special issue on Music & Aphasia in Aphasiology
2.Project Tempdance: Call for Postdoctoral Researcher
3.18th International Multisensory Research Forum
4.Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoctoral Position

March 22nd, 2017
1. Postdoc position - UCLouvain
2. ICAD 2017 - March 6 final submission deadline
3. Audio Mostly 2017 - 3rd Call for Contributions
4. Music, language, and cognition summer school
5. NEST 2017 Live Recordings

March 8th, 2017
1. 1st Timing Research Forum Conference - Call for Abstracts
2. PhD position on the grammar of Senegalese drum languages
3. MMAD Midwest Music and Audio Day - Call for participation/papers
4. Berlin Interdisciplinary Workshop on Timbre - videos of talks now available
5. Deadline extension - International Workshop on Deep Learning for Music
6. Postdoctoral position: psychoacoustics of musical emotions (IRCAM, France)
7. ICMPC15-ESCOM10 Announcement
8. Research Analyst Position
9. Neural Entrainment and Rhythm Dynamics workshop (Boston, MA)

February 22nd, 2017
1. Summer Study for Undergraduates in Computational Music Research
2. The 23rd International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD 2017)
3. Post-doc and PhD Positions Available on Music, Language, and the Predictive Brain
4. TEX2017 on Time in the Brain
5. Open PhD Student / Predoctoral Researcher Position in the Obleser lab (Lübeck, Germany)
6. International Workshop on Deep Learning for Music
7. International summer school: Music, Language and Cognition

February 8th, 2017
1. Music & Eye-Tracking Conference
2. SysMus17 13-15 September in London
3. Helsinki Summer School/Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience August 2017
4. PhD position at the University of Amsterdam

January 25th, 2017
1. SMPC Submissions Reminder: Deadline Feb.15
2. Funded Masters and PhD opportunity, Memorial University
3. Postdoctoral Position, UCL Ear Institute
4.Research positions available for EU-funded project, University of Hamburg
5. Final Symposium - Erasmus Mundus Project in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
6. International Workshop on Deep Learning for Music
7. PhD Scholarship in music cognition and computation, Western Sydney University

January 11th, 2017
1. The Improvising Brain III: Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches
2. Postdoctoral position at University College London
3. Narmour PDF Books

December 28th, 2016
1. PhD Studentship on Emotion Processing in Amusia and Autism, University of Reading
2. PhD fellowships at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo
3. PhD Position at Western Sydney University
4. Call for Contributions - Audio Mostly 2017

December 13th, 2016
1. SMPC Elections Announcement
2. Call for Proposals - Perception and Cognition SRIG

December 1st, 2016
1. Faculty Position at Buchmann-Mehta School of Music, Tel Aviv University 2. Call for Hosting SMC2018+

Nobember 16th, 2016
1. Berlin Interdisciplinary Workshop on Timbre
2. Music Perception Editorship
3. Lecture Positions at Goldsmiths, University of London
4. Call for Papers - SysMus17
5. Call for mentors and mentees in WiMIR mentoring program 2017

November 2nd, 2016
1. Warning: Fake ICMPC Website
2. Call for nominees and expressions of interest: SMPC election 2016
3. SMPC 2017: First call for papers
4. 14th Sound and Music Computing Conference
5. Post-Doctoral Position at University of Reading
6. Psychology of Music Part-Time Lecture Position at Tufts University
7. Post-Doctoral Position at Wesleyan University

October 19th, 2016
1. PhD Studentship in Psychology at University of Reading
2. Grad Position at MAPLE lab at McMaster University
3. Call for Papers Perception & Cognition SRIG
4. International Workshop on Folk Music Analysis

October 5th, 2016
1. Call for Abstracts: APSCOM 6 2. Call for Contributions: Speech Music Symposium

September 21st, 2016
1. Natural History of Song - Website Launch
2. Call for Proposals: Expressive Interaction with Music
3. PhD Positions at University Medical Centre Gronigen

August 31st, 2016
1. Reminder: MMS symposium registration deadline approaching
2. Call for Proposals: Improvising Brain III

August 3rd, 2016
1. Royal Musical Association Research Chronicle Call for Papers
2. PhD position in collaborative musical creativity
3. Job opening: PhD researcher in computational music structure analysis at Utrecht University
4. CALL FOR SYMPOSIA: The Neurosciences and Music - VI / Boston USA, 15 - 18 June 2017

July 13th, 2016
1. Call for Proposals: The Program for Music, Mind & Society at Vanderbilt
2. Ph.D. opportunity: Cross-species studies of auditory processing
3. BRAMS- Position available in Auditory Neurocognition 
4. PhD position on Computational music structure analysis at Utrecht University

June 29th, 2016
1. Music, Mind & Society Symposium Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: July 22, 2016

June 14th, 2016
1. Coursera course: Music as Biology
2. The Improvising Brain III: Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches
3. MML 2016 9th International Workshop on Machine Learning and Music

June 1st, 2016
1. PhD position, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2. New MA in Music Psychology, Department of Music, University of York, United Kingdom
3. Four post-doc positions in cognitive neuroscience of time perception, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy
4. Call for Papers, APCAM 2016

May 20th, 2016
1. Research Assistant position, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2. Musical Haptics Workshop, Eurohaptics 2016
3. Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Music Cognition/Music Theory, School of Music, Ohio State University

May 4th, 2016
1. CogMIR 2016 Call for abstracts
2. UNESCO website on Math, Science and Music
3. 3-year PhD position, University of Zurich, Switzerland

April 20th, 2016
1. PhD positions at Center for Music in the Brain
2. 2nd announcement: Post-doctoral position
3. Funded post-doctoral fellowship available

April 7th, 2016
1. University of Oslo: Associate Professor Positions in Music Cognition
2. Feature event: Sounds of Science: Music, Technology Medicine, Toronto, Canada
3. Five Day Workshop at Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankurt, Germany

March 23rd, 2016
1. Postdoctoral Position in Nonhuman Primate Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging
2. Announcing the GrFNN Toolbox, Version 1.2.1

March 9th, 2016

1. Workshop on: Pitch, Pace, and Rhythm – the Essentials to Conducting Music Treatment Research
2. University of California Press: special issue in Music Perception
3. Job opening: Research Fellow in Timbral Modelling
4. Post-doc position in Dr. Joel S. Snyder's Lab
5. REMINDER CFP: 1st Conference on Computer Simulation of Musical Creativity, Univ. of Huddersfield
6. Call for Papers: Making Time in Music: an international conference

February 24th, 2016
1. Summer School on Cognitive Neuroscience, Helsinki 
2. International Symposium on Music Performance: Art and Neuroscience in Dialogue
3. Pitch, Pace, and Rhythm – the Essentials to Conducting Music Treatment Research

February 3rd, 2016
1. Workshop for Pitch, Pace, and Rhythm
2. Call for experiment participation: Original Bach/Chopin or computer-generated pastiche?
3. Sysmus 16: Satellite Workshop on Motion Capture

January 20, 2016
1. Job openings at Yousician in Helsinki, Finland
2. ICMPC14 Abstracts due Friday January 22nd
3. Postdoc position in Paris, France: early prosodic processing
4. Postdoc position in Paris, France: phonological processing during lexical processing in tonal versus non-tonal languages

January 6, 2016
1. Call for Papers SysMus2016
2. Music Psychology Training Masters Programmes: A call for applications

December 23, 2015
1.     OF INTEREST: Director appointed, Music and Health Research Collaboratory, University of Toronto
2.     Ph.D. POSITION: Computational neuroscience, Imperial College, London
3.     MS/PhD PROGRAM: Music technology, Georgia Tech

December 9, 2015

1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: SEMPRE travel and young investigator awards, ICMPC 2016
2. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Conference on music information retrieval
3. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Workshop on auditory neuroscience, cognition and modeling
4. Ph.D. SCHOLARSHIPS: Music Psychology, University of York
5. Ph.D. POSITION: Music acoustics, University of music and performing arts (Vienna)
6. CALL FOR PAPERS: 2nd International conference on new music concepts

November 25th, 2015

2.     FACULTY POSITION: Bloorview Research Center and Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
3.     POSTDOC POSITION: IMM, Dresden Germany
4.     POSTDOC POSITION: SIMSSA project, McGill University
5.     GRADUATE POSITIONS: Rehabilitation sciences institute, University of Toronto
6.     GRADUATE POSITIONS: Categorization and discrimination of emotions, Geneva University
7.     CALL FOR PAPERS: Porto international conference on musical gesture as creative interface

November 11th, 2015

  • 1. RESOURCE: Film music research
    2. GRADUATE POSITIONS: Auditory cognitive neuroscience, McMaster University (Ontario)
    3. GRADUATE POSITIONS: Music psychology training unit, University of Jyväskylä (Finland)
    4. CALL FOR PAPERS: Fourth international conference on analytical approaches to world music, new School (New York)
    5. CALL FOR PAPERS: SysMus 2016
    6. DEADLINE EXTENDED: Virtuosity – an interdisciplinary symposium, Budapest

October 30th, 2015

  • 1. CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ICMPC 2016 (save-the-date)
    2. CALL FOR PAPERS: Thirteenth International Research Symposium On Talent Education (Minneapolis)
    3. CALL FOR PAPERS: Fifth Biennial Yale Graduate Music Symposium, Sound Limits: Music and Its Borders
    4. GRADUATE POSITIONS (MSc / PhD): MAPLE Lab, McMaster University
    5. POSTDOC POSITION: NIHR Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Unit (UK)
    6. POSTDOC POSITIONS: Auditory Cognition (Obleser lab)
    7. REMINDERS: Register for NeuroMusic / Music and Mind conferences
    8. OPEN PEER COMMENTARY: Cognition of Early Polyphony in JIMS

October 14th, 2015

  • 1.     REMINDER: SMPC election!
    2.     POSTDOC POSITION: Brain and Mind Institute at Western University (Ontario)
    4.     CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Special issue of Musicae Scientiae