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Laurel J Trainor (2007)

Do preferred beat rate and entrainment to the beat have a common origin in movement?

Empirical Musicology Review, 2(1):17-20.

The idea that beat induction derives from body movement is attractive, but until recently unequivocal empirical evidence of such a linkage has been elusive. Todd et al. (2007) provide evidence that individual differences in locomotion affect preferred beat rate, and Phillips-Silver & Trainor (2005, 2007, under review) show that metrical interpretation is affected by movement. These studies examine different aspects of rhythm processing, but together provide converging evidence for pervasive movement/auditory interactions.

perception, rhythm, entrainment, beat induction

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