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Extracting the beat: An experience-dependent complex integration of multisensory information involving multiple levels of the nervous system

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dc.creator Trainor, Laurel J.
dc.creator Unrau, Andrea
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-01T20:41:26Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-01T20:41:26Z
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Empirical Musicology Review, v4 n1 (January 2009), 32-36 en
dc.identifier.issn 1559-5749
dc.identifier.other EMR000068b
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36606
dc.description.abstract In a series of studies we have shown that movement (or vestibular stimulation) that is synchronized to every second or every third beat of a metrically ambiguous rhythm pattern biases people to perceive the meter as a march or as a waltz, respectively. Riggle (this volume) claims that we postulate an "innate", "specialized brain unit" for beat perception that is "directly" influenced by vestibular input. In fact, to the contrary, we argue that experience likely plays a large role in the development of rhythmic auditory-movement interactions, and that rhythmic processing in the brain is widely distributed and includes subcortical and cortical areas involved in sound processing and movement. Further, we argue that vestibular and auditory information are integrated at various subcortical and cortical levels along with input from other sensory modalities, and it is not clear which levels are most important for rhythm processing or, indeed, what a "direct" influence of vestibular input would mean. Finally, we argue that vestibular input to sound location mechanisms may be involved, but likely cannot explain the influence of vestibular input on the perception of auditory rhythm. This remains an empirical question for future research. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Empirical Musicology Review en
dc.subject rhythm en
dc.subject meter en
dc.subject vestibular en
dc.subject experience-dependent en
dc.subject multi-sensory en
dc.subject sound location en
dc.title Extracting the beat: An experience-dependent complex integration of multisensory information involving multiple levels of the nervous system en
dc.type Article en