Sense of Rhythm

Dag Stenberg stenberg at cc.Helsinki.FI
Fri Jan 31 11:59:22 EST 1997


Fred Bulger <fred at chebucto.ns.ca> wrote:

>    What could cause someone to lose their sense of rhythm??  A pretty 
> broad question I know, but I'm interested in what the different responses 
> might be.  Also, if there are any medical/neurological books which deal 
> with the human sense of rhythm; please let me know!

I would start looking for literature about "time perception" and "time
estimation". These studies typically concern the accuracy with which a
subject can estimate a (in this case) short interval, and replicate a
rhythm (like tapping it out). There are a number of such studies. 

My collection is very old. There is a volume of the Annals of the New York
Academy of Sciences, Vol. 423, "Timing and Time Perception, ed. J.Gibbon
and L.Allan, 1984. One of the chapters is by H.Schaffer: Timing in
musical performance (pp. 420-428). 

Also:
A.D. Hornstein and G.S.Rotter: Research methodology in temporal
perception, J.Exp.Psychol. 79:561-564, 1969.

P.Fraisse: Perception and estimation of time, Ann.Rev.Psychol. 35:1-36,
1984.

Time perception. In "Encyclopedia of Neuroscience".

M.Frankenhaeuser. "Estimation of Time". Inaugural dissertation, Uppsala,
Sweden, 1959 (133 pp.)

-- As you see, my interest in this is long gone.


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