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Neuromusic Conference and Keynote Concert

NeuroMusic ConferenceThe McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind hosts an annual full-day Scientific Conference at McMaster. Each year, four or five prominent Music Cognition researchers from around the world are invited to present their latest research as it relates to a chosen theme. Each year our workshop attendees include psychologists, neuroscientists, musicians, educators, graduate and undergrad students, and interested community members.



16th Annual NeuroMusic Conference

Is going VIRTUAL from the LIVELab at McMaster University


Music in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Saturday, November 14th, 2020
10:00 am –8:00 pm EST



Universality and cross-cultural variation in mental representations of music revealed by large-scaled comparisons of rhythm priors”

Nori Jacoby, Max Planck Group Leader, Computational Auditory Perception, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany


“Cross-cultural music research with children: Lessons from the field”

Beatriz Ilari, Associate Professor of Music Teaching and Learning, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


“A natural history of song”

Samuel Mehr, Director of the Harvard Music Lab, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


“Adventures and misadventures in cross-cultural music cognition”

David Huron, Academy Professor Emeritus, School of Music and Center for Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH





Please email an abstract (maximum 250 words) to Dr. Steven Brown ( on any topic related to perception, cognition or performance of music and dance.



Streamed CONCERT from the LIVELab


Featuring Canadian Jazz Artist

Laila Biali

With discussion of the cross-cultural roots of Jazz


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Click here to see previous NeuroMusic Conferences.

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