ABC Talent Grant

I am the lucky recipient of one of two ABC Talent Grants, awarded in September 2016 by Amsterdam Brain and Cognition. The purpose of this grant (100.000 euros) is to spend one year as a postdoctoral researcher at UvA, continuing my research on rhythm and beat perception in the brain. I will be supervised by Dr. Heleen Slagter and Prof. Henkjan Honing. Dr. Slagter is an expert on predictive processing in the brain, and I am very much looking forward to working with her on connecting my research about rhythm and beat perception with general theories about predictive processing!

PhD dissertation available, defense on June 8th, 2016!

Cover proefschriftMy dissertation is finished and available for download here. I will publicly defend my dissertation on Wednesday, June 8th, at 11.00 h in the Aula of the University of Amsterdam. The defense ceremony is a public event, which anyone interested is very welcome to attend! Have a look what my dissertation is about under dissertation.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, June 7th, from 14.00 till 17.00 h, we will host a mini-workshop on beat perception and temporal predictions. You are cordially invited to join us for an afternoon of inspiring talks about these topics. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Jessica Grahn, Prof. Dr. Henkjan Honing, Prof. Dr. Sonja Kotz, Prof. Dr. István Winkler, and Dr. Rebecca Schaefer. More details can be found under Workshop 7th of June.

Save the date: Workshop on beat perception and temporal prediction on June 7th 2016

Surrounding the festive event of my defense, we will organise a workshop on beat perception and temporal predictions. You are cordially invited to join us for an afternoon of inspiring talks about these topics. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Jessica GrahnProf. Dr. Henkjan HoningProf. Dr. Sonja KotzProf. Dr. István Winkler, and Dr. Rebecca Schaefer. The workshop will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 7th 2016, from 14.00 till 17.00 h.

New paper on complexity in rhythm submitted for publication

F.L. Bouwer, J.A. Burgoyne, D. Odijk, H.Honing, & J.A. Grahn (under review). What makes a Rhythm Complex? The Influence of Musical Training and Accent Type on Beat Perception

Perception of a regular beat in music is inferred from different types of accents. For example, increases in loudness cause intensity accents, and the grouping of time intervals in a rhythm creates temporal accents. Accents are expected to occur on the beat: when accents are “missing” on the beat, the beat is more difficult to perceive. However, it is unclear whether the accents occurring off the beat alter beat perception similarly to missing accents on the beat. Moreover, no one has examined whether intensity accents influence beat perception in the same way as temporal accents, nor how musical expertise affects sensitivity to each type of accent. (more…)

Paper accepted for publication in Neuropsychologia

F.L. Bouwer, C.M. Werner, M. Knetemann, & H. Honing (2016). Disentangling beat perception from sequential learning and examining the influence of attention and musical abilities on ERP responses to rhythm

Beat perception is the ability to perceive temporal regularity in musical rhythm. When a beat is perceived, predictions about upcoming events can be generated. These predictions can influence processing of subsequent rhythmic events. However, statistical learning of the order of sounds in a sequence can also affect processing of rhythmic events and must be differentiated from beat perception. In the current study, using EEG, we examined the effects of attention and musical abilities on beat perception. (more…)

[:en]Item about beat perception in RTL Editie NL[:nl]Item over maatgevoel in RTL Editie NL[:]

[:en]Following the release of the Clapping Music App, which was designed by researchers from Queen Mary University in London, I was asked to appear in RTL Editie NL to talk about beat perception. See the full item here.[:nl]Naar aanleiding van het uitkomen van de Clapping Music App, die ontwikkeld is door wetenschappers van Queen Mary University in Londen, vertelde ik in RTL Editie NL over maatgevoel. Hier kan je het hele item bekijken.[:]

Paper out in Frontiers in Psychology: temporal attending and prediction


F.L. Bouwer & H. Honing (2015). Temporal attending and prediction influence the perception of metrical rhythm: evidence from reaction times and ERPs.

The processing of rhythmic events in music is influenced by the induced metrical structure. Two mechanisms underlying this may be temporal attending and temporal prediction. Temporal fluctuations in attentional resources may influence the processing of rhythmic events by heightening sensitivity at metrically strong positions. Temporal predictions may attenuate responses to events that are highly expected within a metrical structure. In the current study we aimed to disentangle these two mechanisms by examining responses to unexpected sounds, using intensity increments and decrements as deviants. (more…)