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SMPC 2015 is a great opportunity for music industry professionals and music lovers to learn about new frontiers in music cognition research!

Why is the science of music (and what it tells us about the brain) important?

And why should non-scientists care?


Music BrainHow playing and listening to music may change our brains and improve general cognition:

This Is Your Brain On Music – Featuring the research of SMPC researcher Nina Kraus at The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University

How Playing An Instrument Benefits Your Brain – An animated lesson by Anita Collins



Why do consumers and music listeners like what they like?

Why We Love Repetition In Music – Featuring the research of SMPC 2015 Program committee member Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis at the Music Cognition Lab at The University of Arkansas

Anatomy of a Dance Hit: Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” – Featuring the research of Maria Witek at Aarhus University


How can music aid in healing and therapies, from tre?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????atments of age-related dementia and Parkinson’s to communication and developmental disorders in children?

Melodic Intonation Therapy for Stroke Patients – Featuring the research of Dr. Gottfried Schlaug at Harvard Medical School

Your Brain’s Got Rhythm – Featuring the work of Nathan Urban at Carnegie Mellon University


Specific musical skills relate to language, speech,and babies

Infants’ Rhythm and Reading Disorders – Featuring the research of past SMPC keynote speaker Nina Kraus at The Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University

So You Think You Can Dance – Featuring the research of past SMPC president Aniruddh D. Patel at Tufts University

Musical rhythm perception linked to spoken grammar in children – Featuring the research of SMPC 2015 conference Co-Chair Reyna Gordon at Vanderbilt University and SMPC Board member Devin McAuley at Michigan State University

SMPC 2015 will be in held in Music City, USA August, 1-5, 2015 and will feature:

    • talks about cutting edge music cognition research from prominent scientists
    • panel discussions
    • poster presentations
    • opportunities to network with a broad range of community partners, music industry professionals, researchers, and music educators

The program of our Vanderbilt Music and Mind Kickoff to SMPC on August 1 is an exciting overview of the state of the art in this field and a great option to attend one day only! Don’t miss it.