Jan 25 – How Does Your Brain Track Musical Tempo? – Denison University
An interactive session led by Dr. Nestor Matthews, Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience at Denison University
NCS Students receiving a scholarship through A Call To College: please call to register.
Suppose you are watching and listening to live music that speeds up or slows down gradually. Would you detect the change? Seeing and hearing occur on different time scales. For example, light reaches your eyes about one million times faster than sound reaches your ears. Yet, the sights and sounds from live music seem to occur together. Somehow, the brain matches fast-arriving sights with more slowly arriving sounds. The brain also “re-packages” musical sights and sounds into beautiful rhythms, and complex polyrhythms -patterns that emerge by combining different tempos. During our interactive session, we will learn about rhythm and tempo from a professional musician. We will also conduct experiments that measure how precisely your brain can track polyrhythms and musical tempos.
*WARNING* The experiments contain flickering stimuli presented on a computer screen. You should not participate in the experiments if you have previously experienced a seizure caused by flickering stimuli.
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