Timing

Can a musician’s superior maths ability be explained by superior timing ability?

Title of paper under discussion Musicians outperform nonmusicians in magnitude estimation: evidence of a common processing mechanism for time, space and numbers Authors Christian Agrillo and Laura Piffer Journal The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, vol 65, issue 12, pp 2321-2332 Link to paper (free access) Overview Could it be that the human brain uses the same …

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Music is processed in ‘visual areas’ of a blind musician’s brain

Title of paper under discussion Cortical plasticity in an early blind musician: an fMRl study Authors David A. Ross, Ingrid R. Olson, John C. Gore Journal Magnetic Resonance Imaging, vol 21 (2003) pp 821–828 Link to paper (free access) Overview Blindness is often reckoned to be associated with a high level of musical competence, “perhaps …

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Did an auditory illusion lead Schnabel to rush subdivided passages in Beethoven?

Title of paper under discussion A filled duration illusion in music: Effects of metrical subdivision on the perception and production of beat tempo. Authors Bruno H Repp and Meijin Bruttomesso  Journal Advances in cognitive psychology vol. 5 114-34, 13 January 2010 Link to paper (free access) Overview Scientists have long recognised that a “filled” time interval …

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Groovy music tickles pleasure and motor centres in the brain

Title of paper under discussion The sensation of groove engages motor and reward networks Authors Tomas E. Matthews, Maria A. G. Witek, Torben Lund, Peter Vuust, Virginia B. Penhune Journal NeuroImage, Volume 214, 1 July 2020, 116768 Link to original paper (open access) Overview Researchers in Aarhus, Denmark, set out to investigate the effects of musical …

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The pecking order of a string quartet

Title of paper under discussion Optimal feedback correction in string quartet synchronization Authors Alan M. Wing, Satoshi Endo, Adrian Bradbury and Dirk Vorberg Date of publication 06 April 2014 Journal Journal of the Royal Society Interface Link to original paper (open access) Overview This paper investigates the hierarchy of a string quartet. Members of a quartet were monitored during performances to …

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