Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting-Vancouver, British Columbia-November 9, 2017

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline: SEPTEMBER 24


The 16th Annual Auditory Perception, Cognition and Action Meeting (APCAM 2017) will be held on Thursday, November 9th (at the Vancouver Convention Centre West) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. APCAM is a one-day satellite meeting affiliated with the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. The goal of APCAM is to bring together researchers from various theoretical perspectives to present focused research on auditory cognition, perception, and aurally guided action. APCAM is a unique meeting in its exclusive focus on the perceptual, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of audition. Another unique aspect of APCAM is that it is a FREE EVENT FOR ALL ATTENDEES.

The Organizing Committee welcomes not only empirical, but also general theoretical and methodological submissions on a variety of auditory topics, including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Localization, motion perception, and spatial cognition
  • Object, event, and pattern perception
  • Aurally guided action and navigation
  • Auditory scene analysis
  • Timing and attention
  • Pitch, loudness, and timbre perception
  • Music perception, cognition, and performance
  • Comparative auditory processing
  • Behavioral neuroscience
  • Speech
  • Memory and source identification

Submitting an Abstract

Submissions should include an abstract of 300 words or less, the title of the proposed presentation, names and institutional affiliation information for all contributing authors as they should appear in the conference program, as well as e-mail contact information for the primary/submitting author. Abstracts should be submitted online by following the Submit an Abstract link; this submission portal is expected to become active prior to the end of June. Authors also can communicate directly about submissions with the Chair of the Organizing Committee at

Additionally, the Organizing Committee welcomes proposals representing either a cluster of 3-4 related abstracts or a possible (45- to 60-minute) panel discussion on a unified topic. Related abstracts can be submitted separately, along with a separate abstract (still 300 words or less) from the coordinating author. Proposals for panel discussions will only require this latter type of abstract. The abstract from the coordinating author should indicate the motivation for, and the nature of, the proposed session, including a brief overview of the fundamental issue(s) that it hopes to address. A listing of contributing authors for the session also should be provided, along with a brief statement about what each author will discuss. Such abstracts are expected to be included in the printed program if a proposal is accepted. Preference will be given to proposed sessions that cut across research domains and that have important theoretical implications and/or practical applications. Additionally, panelists for proposed sessions should be selected based upon their areas of expertise, and thus their ability to actively contribute to the discussion. Panel discussions should be designed to allow for at least 10-15 minutes of questions/participation from the audience either at the end of the session or interspersed throughout the panel discussion.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and all program proposals is September 24. Traditionally, APCAM’s submission deadline has always been very close to the conference date, which is made possible by the fact that authors are notified about the status of their submission rapidly (usually within 2 weeks). Travel and reservation information can be located on the Psychonomic Society meeting site.

Oral and Poster Presentations

Each submission also should indicate whether there is a preference for an oral or poster presentation. (If this information is not specifically requested within the submission portal, it can be indicated by attaching a copy of the abstract in .docx or .pdf format that directly mentions any preference regarding type of presentation). The committee will make every effort to accommodate presentation preferences, though it may not be possible to honor all requests. Given the limited number of oral presentations, authors traditionally have only been permitted a single oral presentation. If there are more accepted abstracts with an oral presentation preference than there are available presentation slots, preference will be given to papers judged to represent the strongest contributions, as well as to participants who did not deliver an oral presentation at the immediately preceding APCAM.


If you are interested in attending APCAM, but do not anticipate being a contributing author, then you can register simply by sending a brief e-mail that includes your name and affiliation to Contributing authors will be registered automatically, but are asked to indicate at the time of submission (e.g., within the attachment of the abstract submission) which authors are expected to attend the meeting. Authors also are encouraged to invite any other interested colleagues to join us at APCAM. We look forward to receiving your submissions, and to seeing you in Vancouver.

  • Michael Hall
  • Chair, Organizing Committee, APCAM 2017
  • Department of Psychology
  • James Madison University
  • Harrisonburg, VA 22807
  • office: (540) 568-7877
  • e-mail: