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ERIC Number: EJ934642
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Temporal Coordination and Adaptation to Rate Change in Music Performance
Loehr, Janeen D.; Large, Edward W.; Palmer, Caroline
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v37 n4 p1292-1309 Aug 2011
People often coordinate their actions with sequences that exhibit temporal variability and unfold at multiple periodicities. We compared oscillator- and timekeeper-based accounts of temporal coordination by examining musicians' coordination of rhythmic musical sequences with a metronome that gradually changed rate at the end of a musical phrase (Experiment 1) or at the beginning of a phrase (Experiment 2). The rhythms contained events that occurred at the same periodic rate as the metronome and at half the period. Rate change consisted of a linear increase or decrease in intervals between metronome onsets. Musicians coordinated their performances better with a metronome that decreased than increased in tempo (as predicted by an oscillator model), at both beginnings and ends of musical phrases. Model performance was tested with an oscillator period or timekeeper interval set to the same period as the metronome (1:1 coordination) or half the metronome period (2:1 coordination). Only the oscillator model was able to predict musicians' coordination at both periods. These findings suggest that coordination is based on internal neural oscillations that entrain to external sequences. (Contains 4 footnotes, 8 tables, and 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada