Just returned from Nashville where I attended the 2015 meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition (SMPC). This conference had a lot of firsts for me: first time attending SMPC, first talk at a national conference, and my first time representing NYU.
I presented work conducted during my PhD at the University of Iowa, investigating the neural correlates of musical instrument recognition and naming. We found that naming deficits were associated with damage to left-hemisphere structures important for naming unique entities and actions, whereas recognition deficits were associated with right-hemisphere structures important for music perception. The paper is currently under review and will hopefully be published soon.
Aside from giving my talk, I saw some really interesting work on musical aesthetics, frisson, and the neural correlates of musical improvisation. Overall, SMPC was an excellent conference and I'm looking forward to ICMPC 2016 in San Francisco!