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Fiona C Manning and Michael Schutz (2011)

Moving to the beat improves timekeeping in a rhythm perception task

Canadian Acoutiscs, 39(3):124-125.

The relationship between perception and action is of recent interest in psychological research (Hommel, Musseler, Aschersleben, & Prinz, 2001), and particularly in music perception (Phillips-Silver & Trainor, 2005; Repp & Knoblich, 2007; Zatorre, Chen, & Penhune, 2007). We explored this issue through a novel paradigm designed to measure the effect of “moving to the beat” when listening to an auditory rhythm. Specifically, we investigated the effect of tapping on participants’ sensitivity to changes in the temporal location of a probe tone. In doing so, we have documented a novel perception-action link by showing the importance of moving when timekeeping while performing an objective task, using participants selected without regard for musical training.

beat perception, timekeeping, rhythm, auditory perception