Music & Eye-Tracking

Music & Eye-Tracking Music & Eye-Tracking

– What eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing
A two-day conference organized by Elke B. Lange and Lauren K. Fink to bring together scholars at the intersection of music and eye-tracking research. August 17th-18th, 2017, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruno Laeng, University of Oslo, Norway

Call for Abstracts:

We are very pleased to announce this call for abstract submissions for the conference on “Music and Eye-tracking“ (MET17). Our goal is to bring together the leading experts from psychology, all fields of music research, sociology, cultural sciences, and neuroscience, united in the interest to investigate musical processing using eye-tracking methodology or combining eye-tracking with other methods.

Musical processing unfolds in different domains. One obvious application of eye-tracking methodology is music sight-reading, a field, where much progress has been made in the 20th century. During the last few years there seems to be growing enthusiasm to apply eye-tracking methodology to capture the full complexity of musical processing, extending to music perception, cognition, learning, skill-acquisition, expertise, performance, social interactions, rhythmic entrainment, emotion processing, induced states of altered awareness, and cross-modal interactions between the auditory, visual, or motoric systems, to name just a few examples.

With this conference, we hope to provide a platform for expert researchers at the intersection of music and eye-tracking to communicate with one another, to foster and enrich discussions about methods, and to continue refining models and theories of musical processing with insights from eye-tracking. We encourage researchers from other areas of cognition and emotion studies to join the interest in this complex question of investigation: what do eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing?


To apply, download our submission template (see downloads), please fill in all sections, and send it to by April 1st, 2017.

Selection Criteria:

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee.


The conference will be conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Registration Fees:

There is no fee to attend the conference. Please note that registration is prioritized for participants contributing with a talk or poster presentation. Only after June 20th is registration open for other, interested attendees. Seats are limited to 60 participants.


Travel expenses and accommodation have to be booked and paid separately by conference participants. Please check whether you will need a visa for Germany! Applying for and obtaining the visa is your own responsibility.

Recommendations regarding transportation and accommodation are forthcoming.

Important Deadlines:

February, 1st, 2017: Submissions now being accepted
April 1st, 2017: Submission Deadline
June 1st, 2017: Participants notified of acceptance decision. Registration open for active participants.
June 20th, 2017: Registration open for all participants
August 17th, 2017: Conference begins at 14:00 h.
August 18th, 2017: Conference ends at 19:30 h. Optional social event will follow.
Please note that the European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM 2017) will take place in nearby Wuppertal, Germany from August 20th to 24th, 2017.

For questions, please contact:

Satellite Conference:

MET17 is a satellite conference to the European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), organized in Wuppertal, Germany, 20th to 24th of August. For more information on ECEM please see

Scientific Chairs:

Elke B. Lange (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany) &
Lauren K. Fink (University of California, Davis, CA, USA)

Program Committee:

Wolfgang Auhaugen, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Thierry Baccino, University of Paris VIII, France
Jonathan Batten, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Lorenza Colzato, Leiden University, Netherlands
Fred Cummins, University College Dublin, Ireland
Atser Damsma, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Jörg Fachner, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Bruno Gingras, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Kenneth Holmqvist, Lund University, Sweden
Erkki Huovinen, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden
Miriam Lense, Vanderbilt University, USA
Jaana Simola, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tim Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Alessandra Souza, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Hedderik van Rijn, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Thalia Wheatley, Dartmouth College, USA
Clemens Wöllner, University of Hamburg, Germany
Matthew Woolhouse, McMaster University, Canada
Adriana Zekveld, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Local Organizers:

Myriam Mieles, Anna Husemann, Stefan Czoschke, Felix Bernoully, Kerstin Schoof, Ronny Thielcke, Patrick Ulrich, Lukas Stöver, Daniel Eichelsbacher, Sonia Uhing


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