Workshop Music & Eye-Tracking - August 17th-18th, 2017, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany.

Music & Eye-Tracking - What eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing

A two-day conference organized by Elke B. Lange and Lauren K. Fink to bring together scholars at the intersection of music and eye-tracking research. August 17th-18th, 2017, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bruno Laeng, University of Oslo, Norway

Call for Abstracts:

We are very pleased to announce this call for abstract submissions for the conference on “Music and Eye-tracking“ (MET17). Our goal is to bring together the leading experts from psychology, all fields of music research, sociology, cultural sciences, and neuroscience, united in the interest to investigate musical processing using eye-tracking methodology or combining eye-tracking with other methods.

Musical processing unfolds in different domains. One obvious application of eye-tracking methodology is music sight-reading, a field, where much progress has been made in the 20th century. During the last few years there seems to be growing enthusiasm to apply eye-tracking methodology to capture the full complexity of musical processing, extending to music perception, cognition, learning, skill-acquisition, expertise, performance, social interactions, rhythmic entrainment, emotion processing, induced states of altered awareness, and cross-modal interactions between the auditory, visual, or motoric systems, to name just a few examples.

With this conference, we hope to provide a platform for expert researchers at the intersection of music and eye-tracking to communicate with one another, to foster and enrich discussions about methods, and to continue refining models and theories of musical processing with insights from eye-tracking. We encourage researchers from other areas of cognition and emotion studies to join the interest in this complex question of investigation: what do eye movements, pupil dilation, and blinking activity tell us about musical processing?

We also like to encourage researchers of more basic questions to apply, e.g., research on cross-modal interactions, if their research might contribute to an understanding of music processing.

Note, we also plan a special issue on selected presentations of the conference with the focus on eye-movement research in the Journal of Eye Movement Research.


Abstract submission is CLOSED. We will offer a few seats for participants, who are not presenting. At present the exact number of available seats is not known. Please send an email indicating your intention to attend to until June 29th. Available seats will be given on a first-serve basis. Notification will be given by June 30th.

Selection Criteria:

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Program Committee.


The conference will be conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Grüneburgweg 14, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Registration Fees:

There is no fee to attend the conference. Please note that registration is prioritized for participants contributing with a talk or poster presentation. Only after June 20th is registration open for other, interested attendees. Seats are limited to 60 participants.


Travel expenses and accommodation have to be booked and paid separately by conference participants. Please check whether you will need a visa for Germany! Applying for and obtaining the visa is your own responsibility.


Conference Hotel: We reserved a small number of rooms for single occupancy in a hotel close to the workshop venue: Turm Hotel.

These single rooms can be booked until July 14th (ranging between 55 to 75 €/night; breakfast has to be booked extra for 10 €). Please use the phrase "Max-Planck August" for reservation for the special price. This special is only valid for the two nights from 17th to 18th and 18th to 19th of August.

Additional Options:

There are no more reservations pre-arranged. However, we recommend the following options. Note that you will need to walk or take public transportation to reach the conference venue. The prices in brackets are only estimates (per night), they will vary depending on when you are booking.

Within walking distance:

Hotel Mondial (84-121€), 6 min walk

Villa Orange  (105-150€), 16 min walk

Long walking distance or public transportation recommended:

NH Collection Frankfurt City (95€)

NH Collection Frankfurt City Vilbeler Str. 2
20 Min walk (or 8 Min to Eschenheimer Tor. Than 2 min to Grüneburgweg)

NH Frankfurt Messe Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 38
26 Min walk (or 16 min to U-station Alte Oper than change at Hauptwache to northern lines U1, U2, U3, U8 – 10 min)

NH Frankfurt Villa Emil-Sulzbach-Str. 14-16
30 min walk (or 20 – 30 min with U6 or U7 at Bockenheimer Warte to Hauptwache)

Frankfurt Hostel (45–55€)
15 min – 3 min to Hauptbahnhof: every S-Bahn directions: Hanau, Offenbach, Südbahnhof, Darmstadt to Taunusanlage than walk 10 min or continue to Hauptwache and take northern lines.

Pension Alpha (39€)
20 min walk (or same as Frankfurt Hostel, but 5 min walk to Hauptbahnhof)

Hotel Elbe (about 40€)
22 min walk (or same as Frankfurt Hostel)

Frankfurt youth hostel Prices vary between 38.50€ under the age of 27) and 43€ (27 years and older)
18 min (12 min walk to Schweizer Platz than take northern lines U1, U2, U3, U8 )

Smart Stay Hotel (45€)
1h with S-Bahn via Wallau Bahnhof

Airbnb  (prices and locations vary)

Travel Information for Public Transportation to Conference Venue:

Please check whether you will need a visa for Germany! Applying for and obtaining the visa is your own responsibility.

GENERAL: How to purchase a train ticket:

You have to purchase a ticket on a machine with German or English as operating languages.  Those machines are placed in the entrance areas of the station, usually before you are taking stairs down to the train platforms. Just click “Einzelfahrt Frankfurt” or “Single trip Frankfurt” for an adult. You need change to buy a ticket.

Directions upon arrival at the airport:

Please follow the signs to the “Regional-Bahnhof” at the airport, the underground train station for the S-trains. After purchasing a ticket, go downstairs and take S8 or S9, direction “Hanau”. Get off and change trains at the station “Hauptwache”. Take the U1, U2, U3 or U8 not to Frankfurt Süd but to any other directions (Oberursel (Taunus)-Hohemark, Ginnheim, Nieder-Eschbach, Riedberg) and get off the second stop at “Grüneburgweg”.

Directions upon arrival by train:

At Frankfurt main station (“Hauptbahnhof”) take underground line U4 or U5 to “Willy-Brandt-Platz”. Get off and change trains at “Willy-Brandt-Platz”. Take the U1, U2, U3 or U8 not to Frankfurt Süd but to any other directions (see above) and get off the third stop at “Grüneburgweg”.

How to get from the underground station “Grüneburgweg” to MPIEA:

Take the exit "Grüneburgweg", after 50 m turn right into "Grüneburgweg". Stay on the right side of the street. After crossing the second side street ("Im Trutz"), you will find our Institute in the building Westend Carree on your right, entrance Grüneburgweg 14.

Travel Direction upon Arrival by Car:

On the motorway A5 at Autobahnkreuz (interchange) Nordwestkreuz Frankfurt keep right and follow the signs A66 in direction “F-Miquelallee/F-Stadtmitte”. Take the fork in the direction of Frankfurt-Miquelallee and follow A66 for another 5 km.

Continue on Miquellallee/B8 for another 700 m, then turn right into „Eschersheimer Landstraße”. After about 1200 m turn right into “Grüneburgweg”. When you pass the street "Im Trutz“ you will find our Institute in the building Westend Carree on your right, entrance Grüneburgweg 14.

Please note: The parking capacities of our car park are limited. Please let us know in advance, if you arrive by car.

Important Deadlines:

  • February, 1st, 2017: Submissions now being accepted
  • April 5th, 2017: abstract submission CLOSED
  • June 1st, 2017: Participants notified of acceptance decision. Registration open for active participants.
  • June 20th, 2017: Registration open for all participants
  • August 17th, 2017: Conference begins at 14:00 h.
  • August 18th, 2017: Conference ends at 19:30 h. Optional social event will follow.

Please note that the European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM 2017) will take place in nearby Wuppertal, Germany from August 20th to 24th, 2017.

For questions, please contact:

Satellite Conference:

MET17 is a satellite conference to the European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM), organized in Wuppertal, Germany, 20th to 24th of August. For more information on ECEM please see

Scientific Chairs:

Elke B. Lange (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt, Germany) &
Lauren K. Fink (University of California, Davis, CA, USA)

Program Committee:

Wolfgang Auhaugen, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
Thierry Baccino, University of Paris VIII, France
Jonathan Batten, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Lorenza Colzato, Leiden University, Netherlands
Fred Cummins, University College Dublin, Ireland
Atser Damsma, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Jörg Fachner, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Bruno Gingras, University of Innsbruck, Austria
Kenneth Holmqvist, Lund University, Sweden
Erkki Huovinen, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sweden
Miriam Lense, Vanderbilt University, USA
Jaana Simola, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tim Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
Alessandra Souza, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Hedderik van Rijn, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Thalia Wheatley, Dartmouth College, USA
Clemens Wöllner, University of Hamburg, Germany
Matthew Woolhouse, McMaster University, Canada
Adriana Zekveld, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Local Organizers:

Myriam Mieles, Anna Husemann, Stefan Czoschke, Felix Bernoully, Kerstin Schoof, Ronny Thielcke, Patrick Ulrich, Lukas Stöver, Daniel Eichelsbacher, Sonia Uhing