Research Topic Functions of musical rhythm (Journal)

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Rhythmic processes within the action range (about 0.1 to 10 s) are characteristic of music and have important effects on humans. Previous research in has revealed several perceptual and cognitive principles by which the auditory system processes rhythmical sequences. There is also an emerging literature on experiential and emotional effects of rhythmic sequences, including physiological reactions and physical performance, for example in the realm of sports. On a whole, the current knowledge provides a sufficiently rich web of empirical data that more overarching and theoretically motivated analyses and hypothesis should be feasible. The present is topic is therefore concerned with the neuropsychological and neurophysiological functionality of musical and music-like rhythm, that is, what ends they serve rather than their specific properties per se. In the case of humans, apparent functional mechanisms involve synchronization and co-ordination, as is commonly employed in music, dance, and drill. We invite empirical work that takes on this perspective as well as theoretical papers taht apply to humans as well as other animals.
Period31 Oct 201330 Jun 2014
Type of journalJournal