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
We are very pleased to announce this conference on “Music and Eye-tracking“ (MET17), which will 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 have also invited researchers that apply more basic questions, e.g., research on cross-modal interactions. Together we will discuss the complex question: what do eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing?
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Program and Abstracts
- MET17 Program and Abstracts BookContains the schedule and abstracts for the conference (PDF / 32 pages)733 KB
Special Issue in JEMR
We arranged for a special issue with selected presentations from the conference to be published in the Journal of Eye Movement Research, starting fall/winter 2017/18.
Abstract submission is CLOSED. Registration is CLOSED. Hopefully this will be the first of many conferences combining music and eye-tracking.
The conference will be conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
There is no fee to attend the conference.
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.
Conference Hotel: We reserved a small number of rooms for single occupancy in a hotel close to the workshop venue: Turm Hotel.
These single rooms can be booked until July 14th (ranging between 55 to 75 €/night; breakfast has to be booked extra for 10 €). Please use the phrase "Max-Planck August" for reservation for the special price. This special is only valid for the two nights from 17th to 18th and 18th to 19th of August.
There are no more reservations pre-arranged. However, we recommend the following options. Note that you will need to walk or take public transportation to reach the conference venue. The prices in brackets are only estimates (per night), they will vary depending on when you are booking.
Within walking distance:
Hotel Mondial (84-121€), 6 min walk
Villa Orange (105-150€), 16 min walk
Long walking distance or public transportation recommended:
NH Collection Frankfurt City (95€)
NH Collection Frankfurt City Vilbeler Str. 2
20 Min walk (or 8 Min to Eschenheimer Tor. Than 2 min to Grüneburgweg)
NH Frankfurt Messe Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 38
26 Min walk (or 16 min to U-station Alte Oper than change at Hauptwache to northern lines U1, U2, U3, U8 – 10 min)
NH Frankfurt Villa Emil-Sulzbach-Str. 14-16
30 min walk (or 20 – 30 min with U6 or U7 at Bockenheimer Warte to Hauptwache)
Frankfurt Hostel (45–55€)
15 min – 3 min to Hauptbahnhof: every S-Bahn directions: Hanau, Offenbach, Südbahnhof, Darmstadt to Taunusanlage than walk 10 min or continue to Hauptwache and take northern lines.
Pension Alpha (39€)
20 min walk (or same as Frankfurt Hostel, but 5 min walk to Hauptbahnhof)
Hotel Elbe (about 40€)
22 min walk (or same as Frankfurt Hostel)
Frankfurt youth hostel Prices vary between 38.50€ under the age of 27) and 43€ (27 years and older)
18 min (12 min walk to Schweizer Platz than take northern lines U1, U2, U3, U8 )
Smart Stay Hotel (45€)
1h with S-Bahn via Wallau Bahnhof
Airbnb (prices and locations vary)
Travel Information for Public Transportation to Conference Venue:
Please check whether you will need a visa for Germany! Applying for and obtaining the visa is your own responsibility.
GENERAL: How to purchase a train ticket:
You have to purchase a ticket on a machine with German or English as operating languages. Those machines are placed in the entrance areas of the station, usually before you are taking stairs down to the train platforms. Just click “Einzelfahrt Frankfurt” or “Single trip Frankfurt” for an adult. You need change to buy a ticket.
Directions upon arrival at the airport:
Please follow the signs to the “Regional-Bahnhof” at the airport, the underground train station for the S-trains. After purchasing a ticket, go downstairs and take S8 or S9, direction “Hanau”. Get off and change trains at the station “Hauptwache”. Take the U1, U2, U3 or U8 not to Frankfurt Süd but to any other directions (Oberursel (Taunus)-Hohemark, Ginnheim, Nieder-Eschbach, Riedberg) and get off the second stop at “Grüneburgweg”.
Directions upon arrival by train:
At Frankfurt main station (“Hauptbahnhof”) take underground line U4 or U5 to “Willy-Brandt-Platz”. Get off and change trains at “Willy-Brandt-Platz”. Take the U1, U2, U3 or U8 not to Frankfurt Süd but to any other directions (see above) and get off the third stop at “Grüneburgweg”.
How to get from the underground station “Grüneburgweg” to MPIEA:
Take the exit "Grüneburgweg", after 50 m turn right into "Grüneburgweg". Stay on the right side of the street. After crossing the second side street ("Im Trutz"), you will find our Institute in the building Westend Carree on your right, entrance Grüneburgweg 14.
Travel Direction upon Arrival by Car:
On the motorway A5 at Autobahnkreuz (interchange) Nordwestkreuz Frankfurt keep right and follow the signs A66 in direction “F-Miquelallee/F-Stadtmitte”. Take the fork in the direction of Frankfurt-Miquelallee and follow A66 for another 5 km.
Continue on Miquellallee/B8 for another 700 m, then turn right into „Eschersheimer Landstraße”. After about 1200 m turn right into “Grüneburgweg”. When you pass the street "Im Trutz“ you will find our Institute in the building Westend Carree on your right, entrance Grüneburgweg 14.
Please note: The parking capacities of our car park are limited. Please let us know in advance, if you arrive by car.
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 ecem2017.uni-wuppertal.de
Elke B. Lange (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany) &
Lauren K. Fink (University of California, Davis, CA, USA)
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
Myriam Mieles, Anna Husemann, Stefan Czoschke, Felix Bernoully, Kerstin Schoof, Ronny Thielcke, Patrick Ulrich, Lukas Stöver, Daniel Eichelsbacher, Sonia Uhing