Brain, Music and Cognition 2019

Sounds of Prediction

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum in a still from the IMAX film “Jerusalem.” (Dustin Farrell)

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The Brain Music Cognition (BMC) 2019 conference will be held in Jerusalem, December 16th -18th. It will bring together researchers and experts from various fields, from Israel, Europe, and the US. They will present ideas, methods, and findings, at the forefront of the research in music, brain and cognition. The conference will promote discussion and exchange of ideas between speakers and the audience, with speakers representing a broad array of backgrounds: music theory, music composition and performance, ethnomusicology, music cognition, auditory perception, neurobiology, cognitive science and neuroscience.

The conference will be held at the new centre for brain research (ELSC) at the Edmond Safra campus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the sponsorship of the Jerusalem Brain Community (JBC).

Overall, the conference will include 5 themes:

·       Music in the Framework of the Predictive Brain

·       Neuroaesthetics: Music & the Visual Arts

·       Beat, Rhythm, Synchronization and Entrainment

·       Music & Emotions

·       Disabilities and Music Therapy









Prof. Israel Nelken

Hebrew University Of Jerusalem

Prof. Semir Zeki

University College London

Prof. Ruth HaCohen

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Leon Deouell

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Stefan Koelsch

University of Bergen

Ram Reuven

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Takako Fujioka

Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford University

Dr. Diana Omigie

Goldsmiths University of London

Prof. Eitan Globerson

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance

Dr. Ayelet Landau

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Tuomas Eerola

Durham University

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Dr. Neomi Singer

Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University

Prof. Talma Hendler

Tel Aviv University

Prof. Amir Amedi

Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918 and opened officially in 1925, is Israel’s premier university as well as its leading research institution. The Hebrew University is ranked internationally among the 100 leading universities in the world and first among Israeli universities. The Hebrew University has set as its goals the training of public, scientific, educational and professional leadership; the preservation of and research into Jewish, cultural, spiritual and intellectual traditions; and the expansion of the boundaries of knowledge for the benefit of all humanity.

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC), part of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is revolutionizing neuroscience research. Tackling the greatest scientific challenge of the 21st century, The ELSC innovation centre was founded on the belief that brain research must be interdisciplinary, and must, therefore, combine theoretical, biological and cognitive approaches in neuroscience. As such, our team is made up of a powerful mix of top scientists from different disciplines with a broad interdisciplinary understanding, who leads groundbreaking research on the relationships between brain computations, neuronal circuits, and behavior.

Jerusalem Brain Community (JBC) is an association of faculty and student researchers, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who study the brain and its behaviour, in health and disease.

Founded in 1965 by Professor Alexander Ringer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, the Musicology Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem was the first department of its kind in Israel. Within a decade of its existence, it boasted distinguish faculty members such as Israel Adler, Bathja Bayer, Josef Tal, Dalia Cohen, Ruth Katz, Amnon Shiloah, Jehoash Hirshberg, Roger Kamien and Don Harrán. Then as in nowadays, the Department seeks to advance interdisciplinary research of music as a multifaceted phenomenon whose manifestations proliferate across social, political, and ethnic borders.

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