ATTENTION! The official conference time is Central European Time (CET)


Day 1

19 January 2022


An introduction by Merle Fairhurst 

10:00 Elvira Brattico (Centre for Music in the brain, Aarhus University): The rewards of musical interactions - Psychological and neural evidence

10:30  KEYNOTE Anna Fiveash (Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, University of Lyon 1): Music rhythm as a window to understanding developmental speech and language disorders: The processing rhythm in speech and music framework

11:30 Daniela Sammler (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics): Solo and duet: Neural bases of piano performance

12:00 Ole Heggli (Centre for Music in the brain, Aarhus University): Whose action? Self-other integration during rhythmic joint action


13:30 Jan Stupacher (Centre for Music in the brain, Aarhus University): The effects of musical taste, cultural familiarity, and empathy on social bonding when moving to music

14:00 KEYNOTE Niels Christian Hansen (Centre for Music in the brain, Aarhus University): The coronamusic phenomenon as a window into the potential adaptive function of topically tailored musical repertoires


15:30 KEYNOTE Psyche Loui (College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University): Prediction and Reward in Music Across the Lifespan

16:30 Srishti Nayak (Music Cognition Lab, Vanderbilt University): The shared biology of musicality and language: framework, predictions, and findings

17:00 Closing statements


Day 2 

20 January 2022

10:00 Miriam Mosing & Laura Wesseldijk (Karolinska Institutet): Gene-environment interplay in musicality and music acquisition

10:30 KEYNOTE Patrick Savage (Comp Music LabFaculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University SFC): Cultural and biological evolution of musical diversity

11:30 Nori Jacoby (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics): Universality and cross-cultural variation in mental representations of music revealed by global comparison of rhythm priors

12:00 Rainer Polak (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics): Growing into music and dance in Mali


13:30 Amos Boasson (ELSC – Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Rapid Responses to Auditory Frequency Change, Its Magnitude and Direction – from Brain to Action

14:00 Peter Vuust (Centre for Music in the brain, Aarhus University): Groove on the brain: rhythmic complexity and predictive coding

14:30 Michael Hove (Fitchburg State University): Feel the beat: Music, bass, and movement


15:30 KEYNOTE Aniruddh Patel (School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University): Musical beat processing and gene-culture coevolution

16:30 Hugo Merchant (Institute of Neurobiology, National University of Mexico): Neurophysiology of isochronous beat perception in primates

17:00 Closing statements