Greetings from the ICMPC10 in Sapporo! This is the biggest gathering of music cognition researchers and takes place every other year. It’s always great to meet old friends, make new ones, and hear about the newest developments in the field. In the multi-disciplinary field of music cognition, these conferences are important also for the international collaborations that are quickly becoming the default way of doing research.
The great thing about the ICMPC is that it brings together very different researchers and covers a wide variety of themes and questions. One of the fields where a lot of buzz has been created recently is the study of animal cognition and especially components of “musicality” in animals.