Making sense of the beat: How humans use information across the senses to coordinate movements to a beat.

Making sense of the beat: How humans use information across the senses to coordinate movements to a beat.

Date: 20 Aug 2014
Time: 18:00

Location: Room 203, Birmingham City University
Millennium Point
Birmingham

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Lecture by Dr. Mark Elliott, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham.
Room 203, Millennium Point, Birmingham City University, Curzon St, Birmingham, B4 7XG.
 

People will nod or tap along to the beat of a song, often without even thinking about it. This demonstrates the strong links between auditory rhythms and movement in humans. However, the brain often uses multiple senses, including vision and touch rather than just sound alone to define events in time. While synchronising movements to the beat appears a very simple thing to do, the brain continuously has to deal with conflicting information from these senses and correct for errors such that we continue to move in time with the beat. In this talk I will present the research we have carried out in the Sensory Motor Neuroscience (SyMoN) Lab at the University of Birmingham, to understand how we keep in time with the beat. In particular, I will discuss the models that describe how we combine information across the senses and correct the mistakes we make. I will further talk about how we have used the models developed to understand how a string quartet keep in time together, how a DJ convinces us they performed a seamless mix and how excited crowds end up bouncing around in synchrony. 

 


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