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…)

Chapter published by Springer: measuring beat perception with ERPs

Honing, H., Bouwer, F. L., & Háden, G. F. (2014). Perceiving temporal regularity in music: The role of auditory event-related potentials (ERPs) in probing beat perception.

The aim of this chapter is to give an overview of how the perception of a regular beat in music can be studied in humans adults, human newborns, and nonhuman primates using event-related brain potentials (ERPs). (more…)

Paper out in PLOS ONE: beat perception without attention

Bouwer F. L., Van Zuijen, T. L., Honing, H. (2014). Beat processing is pre-attentive for metrically simple rhythms with clear accents: An ERP study.

The perception of a regular beat is fundamental to music processing. Here we examine whether the detection of a regular beat is pre-attentive for metrically simple, acoustically varying stimuli using the mismatch negativity (MMN), an ERP response elicited by violations of acoustic regularity irrespective of whether subjects are attending to the stimuli. (more…)