Area of Study
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Electroencephalography (EEG) research has the potential to illuminate questions of connectivity and temporal dynamics during musical rhythm perception. The phenomenon of sensorimotor synchronization observed when humans time their movements to rhythmic auditory stimuli reveals that these actions predict, rather than respond, to the beat. The phase entrainment of oscillatory activity measured by EEG and predictive modulation of beta band power offer cognitive insights to the auditory-motor relationship. Two main approaches exist to understand beat perception: motor simulation theories and dynamical systems theories. The study of mu wave suppression, considered a marker for mirror activity, has the potential to elucidate the explanatory strengths of these theories.
Anderson, Jordan, "The Action-Perception of Musical Rhythm: A Review of EEG Findings" (2020). Summer Research. 365.
University of Puget Sound