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Daniel J Cameron and Jessica A Grahn (2014)

Neuroscientific Investigations of Musical Rhythm

Acoustics Australia, 42:111-116.

Music occurs in every human society, unfolds over time, and enables synchronized movements. The neural mechanisms underlying the perception, cognition, and production of musical rhythm have been investigated using a variety of methods. FMRI studies in particular have shown that the motor system is crucially involved in rhythm and beat perception. Studies using other methods demonstrate that oscillatory neural activity entrains to regularities in musical rhythm, and that motor system excitability is modulated by listening to musical rhythm. This review paper describes some of the recent neuroscientific findings regarding musical rhythm, and especially the perception of a regular beat. 

beat perception, rhythm, neurobiology