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.

NEST 2021 Meeting Details

We hope you will join us for a very special online virtual meeting. While in-person interactions and social gatherings have been a cherished hallmark of NEST, to stay safe it is most accessible to host NEST 2021 on Zoom. As a result, registration for this year’s meeting is FREE – there are no required costs to attend.

NEST 2021 will bring together scientists and scholars from psychology, neuroscience, computer science, kinesiology, music cognition, and other disciplines relating to time perception, motor control, rhythmic behavior, dynamical systems and related topics. Abstract submission details and the decided date of the meeting will be released soon. 

NEST 2020 Cancelled

Unfortunately, NEST 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Talks that were accepted for the meeting are featured in the curated abstract book here.

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

Contact Us

All updates about NEST 2021 will be sent via email.

Contact us at nestmeet2021@gmail.com with any questions.

If you know somebody who is interested in joining the NEST family, let us know and we can add them to our email list.