Workshop 7th of June 2016


The musical brain: Beat, rhythm, and timing

Tuesday June 7, 14.00-17.00 h, Amsterdam

When we hear music, we often tap our feet, dance together or play and sing together. In order to do this, we need to be able to synchronize our behavior to the regular beat that is often present in music. This seems an easy task, but how do our brains accomplish this? Can everyone do this? And is this specific to humans?

Surrounding the festive event of my defense, we are organising a workshop on beat perception and temporal predictions in sound. In this workshop, distinguished international speakers will discuss several aspects of beat perception and prediction.

You are cordially invited to join us for an afternoon of inspiring talks about these topics.


14.00 Dr. Jessica Grahn (Western University, London, ON, Canada)
Music, movement, and the brain
14.30 Prof. Dr. Sonja A. Kotz (Maastricht University & Max Planck Institute, Leipzig, Germany)
Timing and synchronization in sensorimotor networks of the brain
15.00 Dr. Rebecca Schaefer (Leiden University)
What to do with that beat you found: cognitive aspects of moving to rhythm
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Prof. Dr. István Winkler (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary)
Auditory processing capabilities supporting communication in preverbal infants
16.30 Prof. Dr. Henkjan Honing (University of Amsterdam)
Rhythm perception in birds and monkeys: some preliminary results
17.00 Drinks


Doelenzaal (C0.07) of the University Library, Singel 425, Amsterdam

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