7-8 July 2022
Hybrid format: Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics & Virtual (online)
Europe/Berlin timezone
What eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing


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Thursday 7 July 2022

Location: MPIEA Artlab Foyer (but see live poster sessions)


12 – 13                Registration open            

13 – 13:15           Welcome (by Elke Lange & Lauren Fink)

13:15 – 14:15      Keynote Lecture

                            Zekveld, Adriana. The pupil response to auditory stimuli: relevant factors

14:15 – 14:30      Short Break

14:30 – 15:45      Pupil Dilation Response in Context [Chair: Lauren Fink]

[IP: in-person] Widmann, Andreas. Effects of luminance and arousal related baseline amplitude on the auditory phasic pupil dilation response

[IP] Vanzella, Patricia. Pupillometry as tool to investigate absolute pitch ability

[O: online] Ahmad, Nashra. Preference of consonant chords over dissonant chords, revealed through subjective ratings and pupil dilation responses

15:45 – 16:15      Break

16:15 – 17:30      Poster Session 1

                            16:15 – 16:45 Blitz 1

                            16:45 – 17:30 Live session 1 [Interviewer: Adriana Zekveld] (Location: Library)

17:30 – 18:00      Break

18:00 – 19:15      Reading & Expertise [Chair: Rebecca Atkins]

[IP] Timoshenko, Maria. Experienced choral conductors’ score-reading strategies: Methodological triangulation with interviews, eye-tracking, and retrospective recall

[O] Arco, Nicole. Music expertise effects on fixation locations and durations

[IP] Véronique Drai-Zerbib. Evolution of eye movements across five expertise levels during sight reading of music

19:30                Social Dinner at “Gemahltes Haus” (registration required)

                         We will leave / travel together from the institute



Friday 8 July 2022

Location: MPIEA Artlab Foyer (but see live poster sessions)


9.00                     Conference Room opens

                            Coffee & Cookies, fruit available

09:30 – 10:45      Entrainment and Dynamic Processing [Chair: Andreas Widmann]

[IP] Wang, Youjia. Auditory and visual cues in rhythmic entrainment of attention to singers

[IP] Spiech, Conner. All aboard the groove (en)train(ment)!: Oscillatory brain and pupil activity varies with rhythmic complexity and groove ratings

[O] Wu, Yiyang. Combining EEG and eye-tracking: The neural mechanisms underlying dynamic processing and learning of musical hierarchical structure

10:45 – 11:15      Break

11:15 – 12:30      Subjective States [Chair: Laura Bishop]

[O] Takeuchi, Anna. Sound-induced ASMR as investigated with pupillometry

[O] Vidal, Marc. Measuring arousal with pupil dilation during experience of musical agency

[IP] Lange, Elke. Eyeblinks as indices of subjective states during music listening: Methodological considerations

12:30 – 13:30      Lunch provided in room 416

13:30 – 14:45      Learning & Memory [Chair: Avi Mendelsohn]

[IP] Kurzom, Nawras. Musial tension and declarative memory: between perception and physiology.

[O] Cara, Michel. Skill differences in learning a new piece for piano; eye-hand span, performance and eye movement measures.

[IP] Fink, Lauren. Consistency of eye movements across multiple memorized performances: A mobile eye-tracking pilot study.

14:45 – 15:15      Break

15:15 – 16:30      Singing and Music Performance [Chair: Jörg Mühlhans]

[IP] Atkins, Rebecca. Musicians' gaze patterns on sight-singing tasks: An eye-tracking study

[IP] Guthridge, Lauren. Using pupillometry to measure the effects of cognitive load on singers

[IP] Bishop, Laura. Expertise modulates the relationship between musical demands and mental effort

16:30 – 16:45      Short Break

16:45 – 17:15      Panel Discussion

17:15 – 18:30      Poster Session 2

17:15 – 17:45      Blitz 2

17:45 – 18:30      Live session 2 & Farewell Reception [Interviewer: Véronique Drai-Zerbib] (Location: Library)


Saturday 9 July 2022

9:00 – 13:00       Outing to Palmengarten (registration required)

                           We will meet at 9am and leave together from the institute. Entrance: 7€




Virtual Presentations

Poster Session 1:

Caitlin Smith. New directions for note reading within the Suzuki method using eye-movement research              

Elena Capelli. Audio-visual integration abilities in infants at high-risk for Autism, what is the relationship with communicative development?                

Ivan Simurra. Visualizing contemporary music using heatmaps analysis: A study combining music and the bouba-kiki effect    

Krzysztof Basiński. The effect of harmonicity on pupil dilation response in an auditory oddball task                                 

Laura Hicken. Music teacher expertise via visual attention and cognition   

Lucas Lörch. MidiAnalyze – a program for the analysis of musical performance accuracy


Poster Session 2:

Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka. When music is looking back. Eye movements as musical tool in Carola Bauckholt’s „Oh, I see“                                              

Mattis Dalton. Time perception in film is modulated by sensory modality and arousal (indexed by pupillometry)              

Robin Heinsen. Me, myself, and eyes: What gaze behavior reveals about thought processes and divided attention during active teaching vs. observing teaching                

Yannis Mygdanis. Implementing eye-tracking practices in music teaching-learning processes                 

Yasmin Cardoso. Music intervention and the development of joint attention in toddlers: An eye-tracking study


In-Person Presentations

Poster Session 1:

(IP) Mikael Hope. Does actual movement modulate one's subjective feeling of groove while listening to musical rhythms with varying amounts of syncopation?

(IP) Laura Bishop. Eyes and hearts of adepts and experts: Physiological rhythms in string quartets        

(IP) Dijana Popovic. … and I just can't hide it: Implicit and explicit assignment of gender stereotypes to musical instruments    


Poster Session 2:

(IP) Shreshth Saxena. Tracking eye movements in online experiments using appearance-based deep-learning methods 

(IP) Matthias Seitz. Tracking a vocal group: A pilot study on multiple and simultaneous eye-tracking

(IP) Judith Beck. Rhythmic subvocalization: An eye-tracking study on silent poetry reading

(IP) Jimpei Hitsuwari. The effects of emotional and cognitive changes on aesthetic evaluation of Haiku poetry: Perspectives from joystick and pupil diameter