New England Sequencing & Timing (NEST) 2014 – Call for abstracts!

This is a regional semi-formal annual meeting of researchers involved in action/perception research that focus on some aspect of sequencing and timing, which includes a wide-range of areas of research from sensorimotor synchronization, to sleep, memory, speech, and motion (see NEST 2013 for a sample program). It is very much slanted toward psychology (rather than music), but every year there are at least a couple presentations of research on or related to music. Some past participants doing work on music include Bruno Repp (Haskins Laboratories, now retired; he organized the meetings for many years), Michael Schutz (McMater University;, Devin McAuley (Michigan State University;,

For the last few years, the meetings have been organized by Rebecca Spencer ( and John Kingston ( at the Cognac Lab ( at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. This year’s meeting will be held on Saturday, February 22; in the past, the meeting has been followed by drinks at a local venue and/or dinner in one of the organizer’s home.

Abstracts are selected on a first-come, first served basis, and I would be happy to drive up with a group of music cognition people from Yale! There is a small fee for participation to cover for breakfast and lunch. Let me know as soon as possible if you are interested. The two group projects and several of the individual projects would be perfectly appropriate for this event.