The Neurobiology and Development of Rhythm

Justin London

in Hearing in Time

Second edition

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199744374
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949632 | DOI:
The Neurobiology and Development of Rhythm

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Research in neurobiology and rhythmic development is surveyed in this chapter. The temporal constraints on rhythm perception and sensorimotor entrainment surveyed in the previous chapter seem to originate in the central nervous system, as show through brain imagining studies using EEG, MEG, and fMRI. Brain imaging has also shown the presence of endogenous beats and accents, even in the absence of an actual auditory stimulus. The role of the vestibular system is also discussed, as well as the changes in rhythmic and metric ability that occur over the course of one’s lifespan.

Keywords: neurobiology; rhythmic development; neuroimaging; EEG; MEG; PET; fMRI; sensorimotor system; basal ganglia; vestibular system; joint action

Chapter.  6735 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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