This summer, I will be presenting the work of our group at several conferences. I will be giving a talk at RPPW 2017 in Birmingham, and I will present posters both at ICON 2017 in Amsterdam, and the first Timing Research Forum conference in Strasbourg. You can find my TRF poster below.
I am happy to announce that upon my return from maternity leave, starting January 1st, 2017, I will be working as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Cognition & Plasticity Lab, supervised by Dr. Heleen Slagter, at the Psychology Department of the University of Amsterdam. I am excited to start my new position!
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!
On June 10th, the VPRO radio show Nooit Meer Slapen broadcasted an interview by Botte Jellema with me and his brother, percussionist Haye Jellema. Listen to the entire interview below.
Surrounding my PhD defense on June 8, 2016, my research was highlighted on the homepage of the University of Amsterdam.
My 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.
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 Grahn, Prof. Dr. Henkjan Honing, Prof. Dr. Sonja Kotz, Prof. 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.
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…)
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…)