December 2014 - News!

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Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops    view all upcoming

  • ISMIR 2015 - 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference, 26-30 October 2015, Malaga, SPAIN.  LINK

  • The Art and Science of Improvisation, an international research Summer School,  8th-12th June 2015, Stord/Haugesund University College, Stord, Norway  LINK 

  • 2nd International Conference on Music and Consciousness, 14th-17th April 2015, Faculty of Music, University of Oxford, UK.   LINK

  • Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, ESCOM 2015, August 17-22, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. A Reminder: deadline for online submission of abstracts - 29 December 2014.  Notification of acceptances and opening of early-bird registration - February 23, 2015.  Deadline for submission of full-text papers to be published in the conference Proceedings is May 15, 2015.  LINK

  • Canadian Society for Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science (CSBBCS) conference, June 5-7, Ottawa. This conference will be held in collaboration with the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association.   LINK


November 2014 - News!

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops    view all upcoming

  • Journal of Youth Studies conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 30th – April 1st 2015. The conference theme is ‘Contemporary Youth, Contemporary Risks’, and the conference welcomes all with an interest in studying youth, regardless of discipline.  LINK

  • 23rd European Association for Music in Schools (EAS) Conference,  Rostock, Germany, March 25-28, 2015.  LINK

  • The Workshop on Infant Language Development (WILD) 2015, June 10-12, Stockholm, Sweden.  LINK

  • International Symposium in Learning and Teaching Music in the Twenty-First Century: The Contribution of Science and Technology (LTM21/AEM21), November 5 – 7, 2015, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, and Department of Music, Université du Québec à Montréal, Québec, Canada  LINK

  • Conference on Auditory Development (spanning cellular/molecular to behavioral levels), Aug. 14-15, 2015, University of Washington, Seattle.  Contact Dan Sanes,, for more information.

  • International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) 2-5 September 2015 will be hosted by Ryukoku University, Kyoto. This conference is intended to provide a platform for new research and discussion on processes of learning, training and review that enable effective performance. Specific research topics, fields of study, and methodological approaches have been left open intentionally to encourage interdisciplinary exchange.



October 2014 - News!

Conferences, Symposiums, Workshops    view all upcoming

  • Music Care Conference - Music Through the Lifespan, October 25, 2014, 9 am - 4:30 pm, ROSZA CENTRE, University of CalgaryLINK

  • 32nd International Conference on Psychology and the Arts will be held at the University of Malta, Valletta, Malta, June 24-28, 2015. LINK

  • Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM) 17-22 August 2015, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK. Abstract deadline 29 December 2014. NB -  Singing is one of the topic areas for submissions.  LINK

  • Shared Processing in Language and Music - What Neurocognition and Disorders Reveal", March 27th & 28th 2015, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Extended Abstract submission deadline: October 31st 2014. Notification of acceptance: November 30th. For more information contact   LINK



  • The latest AIRS newsletter provides an update on the activities that have engaged the members of AIRS over the last months, and also includes news about our current and future research directions.  LINK

  • Congratulations to Godfrey Baldacchino, co-leader of Sub-theme 3.1 Singing and Cultural Understanding, who has been elected President of the International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA).

  • Employment Opportunity:  Assistant Professor, Applied Voice, School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary, Alberta.   LINK


Recent Publications

  • The Acoustic Correlates of Valence Depend on Emotion Family. Michel Belyk, Steven Brown. Journal of Voice, Volume 28, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 523.e9–523.e18. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2013.12.007.  LINK

The voice expresses a wide range of emotions through modulations of acoustic parameters such as frequency and amplitude. Although the acoustics of individual emotions are well understood, attempts to describe the acoustic correlates of broad emotional categories such as valence have yielded mixed results. In the present study, we analyzed the acoustics of emotional valence for different families of emotion. We divided emotional vocalizations into “motivational,” “moral,” and “aesthetic” families as defined by the OCC (Ortony, Clore, and Collins) model of emotion. Subjects viewed emotional scenarios and were cued to vocalize congruent exclamations in response to them, for example, “Yay!” and “Damn!”. Positive valence was weakly associated with high-pitched and loud vocalizations. However, valence interacted with emotion family for both pitch and amplitude. A general acoustic code for valence does not hold across families of emotion, whereas family-specific codes provide a more accurate description of vocal emotions. These findings are consolidated into a set of “rules of expression” relating vocal dimensions to emotion dimensions.


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