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…)

Interview in Folia Magazine

[:en]On March 20, Folia Magazine published a short portrait on me in “Folia maakt kennis”. I was interviewed for Folia Radio on the same day.  You can find the portrait here (in Dutch): Folia Magazine interview. You can listen to the complete interview below (in Dutch).

[:nl]Op 20 maart verscheen er in de rubriek “Folia maakt kennis” een portret over mij in het Folia magazine. Op diezelfde dag werd ik geïnterviewd voor Folia Radio. Het magazine is hier te lezen: Folia Magazine interview. Het complete interview is hieronder terug te luisteren.



[:en]In February I performed Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with string orchestra Byreine led by Joan Berkhemer. Below a small impression (filmed from the audience with a phone).

Finzi klarinetconcert from Fleur Bouwer on Vimeo.[:nl]Begin februari heb ik een aantal keren het klarinetconcert van Finzi uitgevoerd met het strijkorkest Byreine onder leiding van Joan Berkhemer. Het was een prachtige ervaring om deze muziek met hen te mogen spelen! Hieronder een kleine impressie, gefilmd vanuit het publiek (met een telefoon).

Finzi klarinetconcert from Fleur Bouwer on Vimeo.[:]