Brain Cognition Emotion Music (BCEM) – the quartet with a missing link

ONLINE Conference, May 20-21, 2020

Free Registration:

​Undeniably music induces emotions, motivating research and theories in several domains of psychology, including social, cognitive, and cognitive neuroscience. For instance, social psychology suggests enjoying music (even if the music is negatively valenced) involves cognitive functions such as self-regulation and recognition of social roles, as well as emotional states such as nostalgia. Meanwhile, cognitive research implies music-induced emotions relate to processes such as employment of music syntax, memory, and prediction. Cognitive neuroscience associates particular brain regions, including the inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) and orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) to processing of musical features and music-evoked emotions. However, the link among all four (Brain, Cognition, Emotions, and Music) is less clear, and understanding music’s induction of emotions can be examined via multidisciplinary theories in psychology and musicology.

Invited Speakers

– Prof David Huron, The Ohio State University, USA
– Prof Stefan Koelsch, University of Bergen, Norway
– Prof Joydeep Bhattacharya, Goldsmiths University of London, UK
– Prof Andrea Halpern, Bucknell University, USA
– Dr Marcus Pearce, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Oral and Poster Presentations

The conference will happen on two days: afternoon of Wednesday May 20th, and morning and afternoon of Thursday May 21st. There are five main sessions that include a talk by one of the invited speakers followed by shorter talks. These shorter talks are for 20 minutes (including 5 minutes Q&A).

The oral presentations will be held live using Zoom. The poster presentations will be held live using Zoom and prerecorded videos.

The organisers invite all students, researchers and academics to join the conference, as well as present posters. For further information, please see

Submission Deadlines

  • Deadline for poster submission: April 10th
  • Deadline for free registration: May 15th

Please contact Amir-Homayoun Javadi ( should you have any questions!