Meeting Details

We hope you will join us for this yea’s NEST meeting on April 1st, 2023. In-person interactions and social gatherings are a cherished hallmark of NEST, and we will have a preference for in-person talks and attendance. However, as virtual conference attendance has now become a ‘thing,’ we may accept a very few Zoom talks as well. Registration for this year’s meeting is $30 (unless you attend virtually, then it is free!). Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and please join us for a get-together at Dr. Large’s home on Saturday evening.

Register HERE for NEST 2023

Click here to see the NEST 2023 Program Booklet (Google Drive Document – PDF coming soon!)

Location: University of Connecticut, Zach’s Family Fine Arts Administration Building, Room ZFA 103.
Click here to see Local Arrangements information (including parking and maps)

History of NEST

The idea of the NEST meetings was hatched over breakfast in New Orleans at the November 1990 meeting of the Psychonomics Society. Charles Collyer, David Rosenbaum, Jonathan Vaughan, and Daniel Willingham, all of whom were then working in the greater New England area, decided to get together soon at a place closer to home and discuss their research. This they did in January of 1991 in Amherst. The NEST acronym, which invokes the hierarchically nested structure of rhythms and sequences, was coined at this first informal meeting.

The second NEST meeting was already more structured, and gradually the meetings reached their current size of about 40 attendees. The first four meetings were held at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, organized by David Rosenbaum. After his departure for Penn State in the summer of 1994, Charles Collyer hosted the next five meetings at Brown University in Providence. Bruno Repp took over as organizer in 2000, with meetings being held first at Yale University and more recently at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven. In 1998, a book edited by Rosenbaum and Collyer was published which is known informally as “The Best of NEST.” To view its contents, click here.

Contact Us

All updates about NEST 2021 will be sent via email.

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Abstract Submission

Please use this form for all abstract submissions. The deadline for abstracts is March 2nd 2023


NEST Abstract Book Archives

Edward Large and the Music Dynamics Lab have hosted NEST since 2017. The abstract books from the years hosted by UConn are listed below:

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 2021